How did first salvaging of antiques take place in Viet Nam

The following describes the Ivo Vasiljev, aCzech linguist and specialist in studies, became involved:

For many decades now, museums the world have exhibited ancient Vietnamese tery. Some shops Southeast Asia sell Vietnamese antique In 1982, a Singaporean association ceramics collectors held an exhibition at their National Museum and published a beautiful ceramics. catalogue, which included Vietnamese library of Even though this catalogue is in the 1980s, Malaysian university, until the early of Vietnamese specialists were aware only ceramics from Bat Trang Village and some other sites in Thanh Hoa Province.

One day, Mr Makoto Anabuki, then secretary at the Japanese Embassy in Ha Noi, a ceramic vase h a floral patt in displayed the Topkapi Saray Museum Turkey. The vase was engraved with
the characters for  “Dai hoa bat nien, Nam Sach Chau, Tuong nhan Bui thi hy but ” (In the eightth year of the reign of Dai Hoa, Nam Sach Prefecture, drawn by artsan Bui for entertainment)

After excavations at 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, and 1991, archaeologists concluded that Chu Dau had been a high-quality ceramic production centre beginning in the fourteenth century and reaching its heyday in the fifteenth sixteenth centuries. In 1993, the Hai Duang Museum published a book on Chu Dau pottery.

Many researchers hold that in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Dutch traders took Vietnamese ceramics to markets in Batavia (present-da Jakarta). The Dutch East Indies Company Japanese goods and sold them markets, where the company in Southeast Asian turn bought ceramics, rare timbers, rice, and sugar to be sold in Japan.

In autumn 1995, Ivo Vasiljev was working as consultant for an American company in Malaysia. In Kuala Lumpur, he came across a newspaper article about an attempt to a the Malac which had sunk on August 18, 1606 in him. A Strait. The details of salvage fascinated along private Malaysian equipment supplier the National Museum, Malaysian National University, and archaeologists of oxford University worked together in the effort. to his wife a letter describing many details wrote in a of the she edited it for publication newspaper.

Vasiljev sent the article to the Malaysian National Museum and the director of the private Malaysian company. On his next visit to Kuala Lumpur, he paid a courtesy visit to the company director and was surprised to find that the cornpany planned a effort in viet Nam to salvage a ship that had sunk 550 years before while transporting Vietnamese ceramics. A fisherman accidentally discovered the shipwreck in had unusual pieces of ceramic 1993, when he pulled in stuck in his net

The director invited Vasiljev to join the The director later, Vasiljev came to expedition. Nine months to begin work. spent with the team and peaks and writes fluent Vietnamese cultu many years ancient President Ho Chi Minh’s Prison Diary into Czech and, in 2000 published a study, Tracing the Heritage of the He was pleased to work on a team searching for a Vietnamese ceramics.

For three years, beginning in 1997, the salvage team’s ship anchored north of Cham lsland. It faced many difficulties. A strong storm damaged the vessel in 1998; the team retrieved only 922 objects from the sea that year. Workers continued the salvage in late April 1999 with greater success.

Professional divers with international licenses searched, using a spherical metal with air robe linked to a closed chamber at 70 equivalent to the water pressure metres. They followed proper archaeological methods for accessing objects (location identification, and exact measurement and then lifted them through the rapid currents. An underwater camera helped staff aboard the ship direct and monitor the divers’ movements. Staff another five to six months removing then spent classifying mud from the 270,000 objects and them into categories.

Vietnamese archaeologists, some as young as twenty-seven and twenty-eight, processed the ceramic First they soaked the reduce sea and then in water to the water prevent the designs gradually and the the glazes to 90% of the cultural information archaeologists seek.

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