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An Underwater Treasure
The discovery of Nan'ao 1 shows the sea area off Nan'ao Island in Shantou, Guangdong Province, was an important trading area for Chinese and foreign merchant vessels in the Ming Dynasty. Nan'ao 1 adds to the substantial amount of evidence related to the prosperous marine Silk Road
Exploring Treasures

After a monthlong investigations, the archaeological excavation of relics on board Nan'ao 1, a merchant ship of the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) long entombed in the deep, began on May 10, 2010. By now, more than 4,000 porcelain items, mostly intact, were salvaged.

Lying on the sea floor about 27 meters below the surface, the vessel was first discovered in waters off Nan'ao Island in Shantou, south China's Guangdong Province, on May 25, 2007. Before the salvage, the estimated number of chinaware pieces in the sunken ship was between 10,000 and 60,000

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Prosperity in Porcelain
Exports of porcelain in ancient China helped boost the world trade and spread Chinese culture
Major Events in China's Underwater Archaeology
- In November 1987, the Underwater Archaeological Research Office of the National Museum of Chinese History was set up, the first of its kind in China

- In 1990, Chinese underwater archaeologists, together with foreign colleagues, carried out underwater explorations and excavations in the area near Fujian Province
Over 800 Relics Found on Nan'ao 1
New Relics Found on Nan'ao 1
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