Valuable artifacts found in excavated merchant ship

Valuable artifacts found in excavated merchant shipMore than 200 precious porcelain artifacts were discovered by archaeologists on a 80-0 year old merchant ship found in Guangdong. The trial excavation ended last Saturday to give was to a massive excavation that is scheduled for next year.

The merchant ship Nanhai No. 1 was found to be of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) was loaded with at least 80,000 relics. the ship also had a well preserved cabin, board and deck.archaeologists also recovered 4,000 artifacts of gold, silver and porcelain from the wreck, plus 6,000 copper coins are still lying on the seabed.

The ship was discovered in 1987 off the coast of Yangjiang city, the 5,000 ton ship was recognized to be the oldest and biggest merchant boats the sunk in the Chinese waters. The well preserved vessel offered evidence of the existing ancient maritime trade that occurred between China and the West.

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