Tianlong Jiao. Export Ceramics on Ancient Chinese Shipwrecks
Underwater archaeology in China has become one of the most important fields in terms of understanding early maritime trade between China and the outside world. More than twenty significant excavations of shipwrecks have been conducted along the Chinese coast over the past two decades, providing scholars with an abundance of fresh evidence through which we may re-examine ancient Chinese maritime history and culture. With the unprecedented attention given to these discoveries both at home and abroad and the renewed interest in the ‘Maritime Silk Road’ in China, a number of state-of-the-art museums have been built or are under construction to house and display some of the shipwrecks. Travelling exhibitions focusing on this theme have been organized at national and regional levels, and the interest generated has become another factor driving more rigorous scientific investigations of the stories sealed inside these submerged archaeological sites.