Thursday, December 27, 2007

Ancient ship raised from S China Sea
Chinese archaeologists have raised a merchant ship which sank in the South China Sea 800 years ago while transporting a cargo of precious porcelain.

The Nanhai 1 treasury ship, built during the Song dynasty which ruled China from 960-1279, is believed to contain one of the biggest discoveries of Chinese artefacts from that period.

"It's the biggest ship of its kind to be found," said professor Liu Wensuo, and archaeologist from Sun Yat-sen University.

They are estimating over 70k artifacts are in the ship. There's a video at the link but you can't see anything of the ship itself; a couple of porcelain artifacts are shown though.