Sunken ship Nan'ao No. 1 included in China Top Ten Archaeological Discoveries

13:37, June 10, 2011      

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Top Ten Archaeological Discoveries of China in 2010, released on June 9, included an underwater heritage site for the first time – the sunken ship Nan'ao No. 1, which experts believe went down during the reign of Emperor Wanli (1573-1620) of the Ming Dynasty.

The full list of the Top Ten Archaeological Discoveries of China in 2010 are the following: the Wangjinglou site of the Xia and Shang Dynasties in Xinzheng city of Henan province, the Daxinzhuang site of the Shang Dynasty in Jinan city of Shandong province, the Dahekou cemetery of the Western Zhou Dynasty in Yicheng county of Shanxi province, the Mudu ancient town site in Suzhou city of Jiangsu province, the Fengqiyuan family cemetery of the Western Han period, the Tuyugou grottos and Buddhist temples site in Shanshan area of Xinjiang province, the Lv family cemetery in Lantian County of Shanxi Province, the Laosicheng site in Yongshun County of Hunan Province, the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing and the sunken ship Nan'ao No. 1 of the Ming Dynasty in Shantou city of Guangdong province.

Tong Mingkang, deputy director general of the Chinese State Administration of Cultural Heritage considers the selection of the Nao'ao No. 1 in the Top Ten list as a huge breakthrough in China's underwater archaeology. He said in addition to the value of its cargo, the archaeological excavation underwent under 24 meters water complying with the regulations of underwater archaeology, setting up a model for future submarine archaeological work.

By Zheng Qingting, People's Daily Online

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