Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Ancient Korean Ships Unearthed in China

August 30, 2006

A vessel from the Korean Koryo Kingdom dating back to the 14th century. The wooden ship, found along with a Chinese ship (below) off the sea of Penglai in China’s Shandong Province last year, is 21.7 m long and 5.2 m wide./Yonhap

Archaeologists are excited about the discovery of two ships that are believed to have ferried between Korea and China in the 14th century. The wooden ships are thought to have been used during Korea's Koryo era that lasted until 1392, before the advent of the Chosun Dynasty.

Korea's National Maritime Museum confirmed that the ships were unearthed from China's coast near Shandong Province in cooperation with China's local ancient culture office. Authorities hope the discovery will shed light on ancient voyages on the high seas.


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