Archaeological boom : Treasures of antiquities found after successfully salvaging an 800-year-old shipwreck

The salvage ship is an ancient merchant ship dating from the time of Emperor Dong Tri (1862-1875) of the Qing Dynasty.

On November 21, an ancient merchant ship was successfully recovered at the mouth of the Yangtze River, Shanghai, eastern China.

The sunken ancient ship dates back to the time of Emperor Dong Tri (1862-1875) of the Qing Dynasty.

This ship was discovered in 2015 during an underwater survey and exploration.

The waters salvaged the shipwreck. Photo: Xinhua News Agency.

The process after it was discovered from 2015 to now, four cargo compartments have been approached and excavated, where more than 600 ceramic artifacts have been found.

A porcelain cup in a shipwreck. Source:  globaltimes.

Notably, among the artifacts inside the ship are hookah pots made in Vietnam.

Archaeologists also found porcelain from the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) present inside the ship.

China uses new salvage technology. Source:  globaltimes.

According to the results of archaeological investigation, the ship is about 38.1 meters long and 9.9 meters wide. The vessel has 31 vaults filled with exquisite antiques such as porcelain made in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, the capital of Chinese ceramics.

Previously, excavating 4 out of 31 cargo compartments of the ship discovered more than 600 artifacts. Photo: Xinhua News Agency.

The main body of the ship is still quite complete, including the bow and the anchors on the port side and starboard.

It is believed to be one of the largest and best-preserved wooden sunken ships discovered underwater in China to date.

The wreck of the ship emerged from the water on the morning of November 21. Photo: Xinhua News Agency.

The first image when the ship came out of the water. Photo: Xinhua News Agency.

Relics such as patterned clay pottery and construction materials were also discovered in and around the shipwreck.

Archaeologists believe that the excavation of the ship can contribute to studies of economic history and ceramics, as well as provide a useful insight into shipbuilding technology during the Qing dynasty.

What is said to be the mast of an ancient shipwreck. Photo: Xinhua News Agency.

According to the local government, the shipwreck will soon be moved to a pier near the Huangpu River for further preservation and archaeological research.