Hundreds of relics salvaged from largest shipwreck in China

(ORDO NEWS) — In China, archaeologists have carried out rescue work at the site of the largest shipwreck in the Yangtze River. During this operation, more than 600 valuable artifacts were raised from the sunken ship.

According to Global Times, the relics were discovered during rescue archaeological work in Estuary No. 2 on the Yangtze River.

Previously, a sunken wooden ship was discovered there. It is the largest ship ever found at the bottom of the Yangtze.

It has been established that it was a sailing ship from the reign of the Tongzhi Emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 AD). The preserved length of this vessel is 38.5 meters, and the width is 7.8 meters.

It is estimated that there were 31 cabins on the ship. Exactly when the ship sank has not yet been determined.

The crash is known to have occurred northeast of Shanghai’s Hengsha Island. Currently, the wooden hull lies at the bottom at a depth of 5.5 meters.

At the moment, more than 600 artifacts have been raised from the bottom, but scientists believe that the number of relics found will only grow. Finds indicate that the ship was carrying a rich cargo.

According to Liu Zheng, a member of the Chinese Academy of Cultural Relics, rare porcelain with green glaze was found on the ship. It was produced in the city of Jingdezhen, the porcelain capital of China.

Archaeologists believe that the ship followed the so-called Maritime Silk Road. Some finds clearly indicate a close relationship between China and the West, not only commercial, but also cultural.

For example, among the Chinese-made porcelain products recovered from the bottom, relics were found that bear traces of Western porcelain manufacturing techniques.

According to experts, this indicates that China positively perceived the traditions of Western culture, and adopted some of them.


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