Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ceramic From Royal Nanhai AD1400

This wretch was discovered at the dept of 46 meters, 40 nautical miles offshore from Kuantan, Malaysia. Four years of excavations were completed in September 1998. The recovered cargo from The Royal nanhai includes 20,973 pieces of pottery. The largest portion is celadon in various shapes from the Si-Satchanalai or Sawankkhalok kilns. The most unusual thing about this site is that it does not contain any remains of a ship’s structure. Seven pieces of blue and white pottery from China and Vietnam were also discovered and the style of their painted designs, suggested a date for the wreck of mid 15th century. This date is supported by a carbon 14 date corresponding to AD 1400 +/- 70 years.

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