Sunken Ship­wreck

Beijing Review - - THIS WEEK -

Chi­nese ar­chae­ol­o­gists have found a ship­wreck, con­firmed to be the war­ship Jingyuan , which was sunk by the Ja­panese navy dur­ing the Si­noJa­panese War (1894-95), ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Cul­tural Her­itage Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NCHA).

The Na­tional Cen­ter of Un­der­wa­ter Cul­tural Her­itage, to­gether with ar­chae­o­log­i­cal re­search in­sti­tutes from north­east China’s Liaon­ing Prov­ince, found the war­ship after a two-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion near the city of Zhuanghe in Liaon­ing.

The un­der­wa­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which ran be­tween July and Septem­ber, also found more than 500 relics made of iron, glass, porce­lain, leather and other ma­te­ri­als.

The ar­chae­ol­o­gists iden­ti­fied the ship­wreck, which was lo­cated on the seabed 12 me­ters un­der­wa­ter, on Septem­ber 15.

The find­ing is of great value to re­search per­tain­ing to China’s mod­ern his­tory as well as the his­tory of the navy and war­fare. It also of­fers pre­cious ma­te­ri­als for re­search of the world his­tory of naval ships, said Song Xin­chao, deputy head of the NCHA.

Sino-ja­panese naval war relics have been on the agenda of Chi­nese un­der­wa­ter ar­chae­o­log­i­cal re­searchers in re­cent years, with Zhiyuan , an­other war­ship sunk by the Ja­panese navy, found four years ago and con­firmed a year later.

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