maritime archaeology

Leaping the Dragon Gate: Transitional Ceramics


Dr. Teresa Canepa and Katherine Butler introduce the results of their meticulous research of Sir Michael Butler's collection of transitional ceramics, which includes most types of porcelain produced at Jingdezhen, in Jiangxi province, during the 17th century and includes Late Ming, High Transitional, Shunzhi, Early Kangxi, Mid-Late Kangxi, Monochromes, and Famille Verte, as well as disputed pieces.

Leaping the Dragon Gate: Transitional Ceramics2023-05-15T12:38:36+08:00

The Nanhai No. 1 Maritime Museum: home of a Song Dynasty shipwreck


This exquisite maritime museum (17,500 square meters in size) features the world's oldest, most-complete shipwreck of a Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE) ocean-going trading vessel, raised up from the seabed in its entirety.

The Nanhai No. 1 Maritime Museum: home of a Song Dynasty shipwreck2023-05-06T09:49:18+08:00

The Maritime World of 16th Century Philippines: The Shipwreck Evidence


Sr. Museum Researcher Bobby C. Orillaneda introduces the maritime world of 16th Century Philippines that reoriented the region's maritime network circuits, followed by the examination of some specific shipwrecks and their cargoes including the Española and the San Diego.

The Maritime World of 16th Century Philippines: The Shipwreck Evidence2023-03-24T14:58:10+08:00

Ceramic Assemblages from SEA Shipwrecks


Our speaker, Khun Atthasit Sukkham of the Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum, Bangkok University, focused on a trade time period that merits more attention: the last half of the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Based on his and Clifford Pereira and Asyaari Muhamad's research, we looked at six shipwrecks found in Southeast Asia in this time period, which had ceramic assemblages: the Samed Ngam, Diana, Tek Sing, Desaru, Francis-Garnier (Man Nok or Ruea Mail) and Tha Krai. By analysing the origins, typologies, dates, functions and selections of these ships’ ceramics, it was clear that the Chinese-made armorial, Chinese-made bencharong and European ceramics offer diagnostic evidence of post-peak ceramic trading patterns. These ceramics were products for sale, remains of earlier ceramic shipments or utensils for on-board living. This body of evidence is comparable with that of terrestrial archaeological sites that suggest other cultural influences among the more recent maritime ceramic trade in Southeast Asia. SEACS members can watch a video of this talk on our Membership Premium Video page.

Ceramic Assemblages from SEA Shipwrecks2023-05-14T12:31:01+08:00

Shipwreck Treasures


Kangxi porcelain chocolate cups? Dutch India Company wrecks? The newest issue of Wreckwatch Magazine is out, this time focusing on treasures. Ceramic lovers will be interested in the story behind the cargo of Kangxi porcelain 'chocolate cups' found off the coast of Columbia in 1708, as well as a feature article on Rex Cowan, who from 1966 has been hunting down the wrecked ships of the Dutch East India Company. The link ....

Shipwreck Treasures2022-02-27T13:51:15+08:00

Potsherds, Texts, & Singapore’s Role in Southeast Asian Maritime Culture


Temasek, renamed Singapore by Sri Tri Buana according to the Sululatus' Sulatin (Malay Annals/Sejarah Melayu/SM), was an ancient pirate lair, but at the same time was a kingdom which exchanged ambassadors with China.

Potsherds, Texts, & Singapore’s Role in Southeast Asian Maritime Culture2022-01-16T17:00:29+08:00
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