New fa­cil­i­ties to aid South China Sea stud­ies

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

Con­struc­tion of a new base to sup­port China’s ar­chae­o­log­i­cal stud­ies in the South China Sea be­gan in Qiong­hai, Hainan prov­ince, on Nov 27. Hu Bing, deputy di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Cul­tural Her­itage Ad­min­is­tra­tion, said the base is planned as a com­plex of fa­cil­i­ties for re­search, un­der­wa­ter ex­ca­va­tion and con­ser­va­tion of his­tor­i­cal her­itage in the South China Sea. It will also be used to pro­mote rel­e­vant in­ter­na­tional ex­changes. The fa­cil­i­ties will in­clude a sci­en­tific re­search in­sti­tute for mar­itime cul­tural her­itage, a con­ser­va­tion work­shop for sal­vaged ship­wrecks and a train­ing cen­ter for ar­chae­ol­o­gists.

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