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01 July 2010

Tang Shipwreck [from the Maritime Silk Route]
Maritime Silk Route
National Geographic Magazine, June 2009
Tang Shipwreck
By Simon Worrall
Photograph by Tony Law
A 1,200-year-old shipwreck opens a window on ancient global trade.
Heavy with Chinese cargo, the ship that sank off Belitung in the early ninth century was an Arab dhow. The wreck gives scholars an unprecendented time capsule of enterprise on the Maritime Silk Route, for centuries the nexus of international trade. Catching seasonal monsoon winds, merchants and mariners linked the Middle East to China through India and ports of call in between.

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