February 9, 2006:

[achtung! kunst] *archaeology* : Chinese archaeologists to rescue ship from watery grave

x-post from EastAsianArch@yahoogroups.com (Tim 't Hart)
with kind permission


Chinese archaeologists to rescue ship from watery grave

Chinese scientists are about to embark on a complex operation to salvage a merchant ship that sank more than 800 years ago while plying the so-called "Marine Silk Road".

The 25-metre ship, named Nanhai Number 1, will be rescued from its watery grave in the South China Sea 37 kilometres from the south coast of Guangdong province, the Beijing Morning Post reports.

The archaeologists plan to raise the vessel without cutting it into pieces first.

It is a decision that will make the operation immensely more difficult, but at the same time improve the prospects of the ship, preserving its original look.

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with kind regards,

Matthias Arnold (Art-Eastasia list)



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