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China explores sunken ship

06-25-2012 11:02 BJT

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Over to east China’s waters where archaeologists are exploring the Xiaobai Jiao-1, an ancient merchant wooden vessel which sank about 500 years ago during the Qing Dynasty off the coast of Zhejiang Province.

The ship sank in waters off Ningbo city. Ningbo was a major hub for sea trade in ancient China. This latest exploration mission has been split into two phases. This year the focus will mostly be on recovering antique pieces on board the ship. And in 2013 salvage work will continue on the ship itself.

Archaeologists have recovered nearly 500 antique objects, including porcelain and coins. It also marks a step forward in underwater technology.

The explorations will use surface and underwater monitors and short-base line locators - a first for China.



Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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