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Two Ming Dynasty ships unearthed under Grand Canal

(Xinhua)

13:27, May 29, 2012

An archaeologist is working to protect the shipwreck.(Xinhua/Wang Xiaoming)

Edited and translated by Liang Jun, People's Daily Online

Two shipwrecks that were buried for centuries under the Grand Canal, the longest artificial waterway in the word, were excavated recently, according to the Tianjin Cultural Heritage Protection Center. And more than 600 artifacts have been recovered from the sunken vessels, dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

Both the sunken ships are wooden, one severely destroyed and the other well preserved, measuring 13 meters long.

The discovery will provide precious insights into the development of ancient Chinese ships and China's water transport history, as well as benefit China's application to secure World Heritage status for the Grand Canal.

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