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.