Following the previous discoveries of two shipwrecks containing antiques, another has been located in Vietnam waters.
The wreck was found close to the Quang Nam Province in the Nui Thanh District. Although the antiques haven’t been officially authenticated, the deputy director of the Quang Ngai Museum, Doan Ngoc Khoi, has estimated that their origins lie in the 12th or 13th century.
An exploration team from the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Quang Nam has reported the discovery to the local government, which will organise agencies to salvage the wreck and the antiques found on board.
Antiques have also recently been found in the waters close to the area of the shipwreck, including pottery jars, ceramic dishes and other items; some were intact while others are broken.
According to one local diver, Dinh Tan Tau, the glaze on pottery is affected by the seawater. He said that he had discovered more pottery and items in other locations. One wooden object found in the waters by Tau is around three metres long, with what appears to be ancient characters on the back. One company which has specialised in the salvaging of shipwrecks in Southeast Asia, Seabed Exploration, estimates that there are around 40 in the waters of Vietnam.
Other wrecks have been salvaged with antiques dating back to the 13th century. People are typically interested in maintaining and preserving antiques as they represent history. Antique furniture is popular with collectors as it gives an insight into the lives of people before them. Items of interest, like antique marquetry furniture , can be sourced from reputable antiques dealers in the UK.
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