Java sunken treasure to be sold
Scientists in Indonesia are preparing to auction tens of thousands of artefacts salvaged from a sunken ship off the coast of Java.
The items, which are believed to be more than 1,000 years old, include ceramics, tombstones and swords.
The ancient treasure, which was discovered 18 months ago, is expected to fetch several million US dollars.
About 150,000 pieces are still intact and some of them are expected to go to Indonesia's museums.
Salvaged after 1,000 years at the bottom of the sea, the haul includes bowls from China, Thailand and Vietnam; perfume bottles from Persia; and swords and tablets engraved with Koranic inscriptions.
"It is an extraordinary finding because on the ship we can find artefacts that come from five Chinese dynasties " Expert, Siawaori Nissia
Posted: 15 November 2007 00:00 (6392x dibaca)
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