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700-year-old shipwreck antiquities found in central Vietnam

English.news.cn   2013-07-01 23:31:28            

HANOI, July 1 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of antiquities from an ancient sunken ship have been discovered in Binh Son district in Vietnam's central province of Quang Ngai, state-run news agency reported on Monday.

Among the discovered objects, over 4,000 artifacts, including coins and ceramics, were recovered undamaged, which are believed to date back to the 13th century.

The objects were collected from the seabed during an excavation on June 4-23, according to the Quang Ngai provincial steering board for archaeological exploration and excavation of underwater cultural heritage.

The ship measures 20.5 meters long and 5.6 meters wide with 13 holds. Remnants left from holds 4 to 6 prove that the ship caught fire before sinking.

The findings are expected to contribute to the research of Vietnam's ceramics in the 13th century and enrich the country's cultural heritage.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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