Shipwrecks reveal ancient trade routes

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Shipwrecks at Quang Ngai Province. Source: Viet Nam Net 20141123

A feature on the underwater archaeology of Quang Ngai province, where the Binh Chau district is particularly rich with underwater remains. There are aspirations to developing eco-tourism incorporating the maritime archaeology of the area, but the salvaging and sale of artefacts remain a problem

Shipwrecks at Quang Ngai Province. Source: Viet Nam Net 20141123

Shipwrecks at Quang Ngai Province. Source: Viet Nam Net 20141123

Shipwrecks reveal ancient trade routes
Viet Nam Net, 23 November 2014
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Locals reportedly looting shipwrecks in Quang Ngai Province

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Source: Thanh Nien News 20141028

Fresh out of the underwater archaeology conference in Quang Ngai Province comes more reports of looting of shipwrecks by locals – as much as two tonnes of coins have already been removed illegally.

Source: Thanh Nien News 20141028

Source: Thanh Nien News 20141028

Vietnam salvager says ancient coins looted from shipwreck
Thanh Nien News, 28 October 2014
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Stories from last week’s underwater archaeology conference in Vietnam

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Underwater archaeology symposium in Quang Ngai City. Saigon: Vietnam Net 20141017

A couple of news stories arising from the underwater archaeology symposium in Quang Ngai city last week; one is about the symposium, while the other is about an associated exhibition at the Quang Ngai Museum featuring finds salvaged from the waters in the area.

The article about the conference quotes Prof Staniforth as saying that Vietnam needs a younger generation of underwater archaeologists to be trained, but I think the journalist missed the bigger point that he was trying to make. Prof. Staniforth also stressed that governments needed to be more committed in underwater archaeologists, in both the training, as well as in the legislative and enforcement frameworks for protecting underwater heritage. It is interesting to note that a number of the shipwreck finds from Vietnam are in the hands of private collectors now, being sold in markets like Singapore.

Underwater archaeology symposium in Quang Ngai City. Saigon: Vietnam Net 20141017

Underwater archaeology symposium in Quang Ngai City. Saigon: Vietnam Net 20141017

VN needs young underwater archaeologists
Vietnam Net, 17 October 2014

Quang Ngai boasts potential for underwater cultural heritage sites
Saigon Giai Phong, 17 October 2014
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Ceramics found in shores off Quang Ngai Province in Vietnam

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Divers in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam Net 20141003

A number of ceramics and stone artefacts have been discovered by divers in Ly Son at Quang Ngai Province. I’m sure more information about this will be announced at next week’s underwater archaeology conference.

Divers in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam Net 20141003

Divers in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam Net 20141003

Vestiges of two ancient shipwrecks discovered in Ly Son
Vietnam Net, 03 October 2014

Ancient ceramics found at sea
Viet Nam News, 08 October 2014
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Fishermen attack policemen guarding shipwreck

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Fishermen, unhappy because they were prevented from recovering artefacts from a shipwreck in Quang Ngai province, express their displeasure by attacking the policemen guarding the wreck.

Fishermen at the shore near the Bin Chau shipwreck in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam Net 20121015

Fishermen at the shore near the Bin Chau shipwreck in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam Net 20121015

People stone policemen to prevent exploration of ancient wreck
Vietnam Net, 15 October 2012

Finders should be keepers: Vietnamese fight for right to loot sunken ship
Thanh Nien New, 14 October 2012
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