Chinese archaeologists they have unearthed the remains of two ships that were wrecked and they were buried for centuries under the Grand Canal in China. In total, more than 600 objects dating from the ming dynasty (1368-1644).
The director of the Tianjin Cultural Heritage Protection Center, Mei Pengyun, says the wrecks were first found in April, during dredging work on a section of the canal in Tianjin Municipality.
After a month of excavations, experts found fragments of one ship and the well-preserved structure of anotheras well as a large number of bricks, ceramic pieces, bones, and wood products. The second ship, which is about 13 meters long, is believed to have been used as a barge to cross the 1,776-kilometer canal that stretched through various provinces in northern and eastern China.
Experts argue that the discovery will provide important information on the historical development of ancient water-carrying ships in China. They also think it will benefit the application for the granting of World Heritage status for the Grand Canal, which centuries ago was an important waterway linking Beijing and Hangzhou. The oldest sections of the canal were built 2,500 years ago and were joined in the period of the Sui dynasty (581-618). According to the Chinese authorities, a part of the canal is still in use.
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