About 800 years ago, during the South Song Dynasty, a merchant ship, fully loaded with porcelain wares, left Quanzhou for Southeast Asia. While it was sailing to the South China Sea, huge waves devastated the ship and it wrecked on Huaguang Reef. In 1996, local fishermen stumbled across the remains, which launched the underwater archaeological excavation and investigation. This was the first sunken ship ever discovered in the Xisha Islands, and was thus called Huaguang Reef Sunken Ship I.
In 2008, the underwater investigation and excavation were completed. Up to 10,000 objects were found, including porcelain and bronze wares, coins and so on. Most of the porcelain wares were mainly made in Fujian and Jingdezhen, Jiangxi.
Huaguang Reef Sunken Ship I documents the good relationship between China and its surrounding countries in ancient times, marks the comprehensive economic power of the early South Song Dynasty, and demonstrates the advanced maritime prowess and strength at that time. It can also be shown that the Maritime Silk Route was a cultural exchange route, starting from China.
Graded Objects: 296 Pieces(Set)
Availability: 20 Jun 2016--21 Jul 2017