700-year-old shipwreck with thousands of relics found in Vietnam

Posted Jul 5, 2013 by Leigh Goessl
A 700-year-old shipwreck has been found off the Vietnamese coast. According to media reports, thousands of antiquities have been found.
Hanoi  Capital of Modern Day Vietnam
Hanoi, Capital of Modern Day Vietnam
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Earlier in the week, a remarkable find was announced. The discovery of an old shipwreck was made in Vietnam's waters located near the central province of Quang Ngai, according to Xinhua. The shipwreck discovered by explorers is 700-years-old.
The archaeologists exploring the wreckage reportedly found thousands of artifacts. Media reports noted over 4,000 relics had been found in the 67-foot (24-meter) long ship. The Asia News Network (courtesy Yahoo!) reported 268 buckets of artifacts were filled. Many of these pieces dated back to the 7th Century.
Thirteen cargo holds were also identified in the ship. Experts have determined a fire occurred on the ship before it sank.
The 20-day expedition took place throughout June. Experts are hoping, if the ship turns out to be Vietnamese, this find will shed more light upon this period of Vietnam's history.
"The hulk itself, which boasts unique, rare structure, is a treasured antique, which contributes massively to our knowledge of antique ships in Vietnam and worldwide," Nguyen Dinh Chien, deputy head of the National History museum, said.
Reports indicated among the treasures found in the sea were coins and ceramics, all undamaged and able to be recovered.
"I have studied wrecked ships for 30 years, but this is the first time I have had a chance to touch and work inside a rather intact ship like this," said Nguyen Van Viet, director of the Centre for Southeast Asian Prehistory said, according to local media reports. "The ship and its antiques are so meaningful for researchers of archaeology and shipping."
Plans are for the antiquities to go on display at the Quang Ngai Provincial Museum.