Divers holding artifacts salvaged from the A ray and a school of fish swimming over a seabedBelitung wreck of ceramic bowls from the Cirebon wreck.
The cargo of a ship can tell us much about trade between China and Southeast Asia and intraregional trade within the Southeast(Top) Changsha bowls stacked within a large stoneware jar whichhad been cut in half; these ceramic pieces are from the Batu Hitam Asian region.wreck, off Belitung island. (Right) Yue wares from Cirebon wreck.
The ship sank offthe coast of theisland of Belitung; itis believed that theship dates to circa835 CE based onnumismatic andceramic evidence,and carbon dates.Note that the date835 CE is only anestimate.
Changsha bowls are a well-knownceramic type produced during the Tangdynasty.
The ship is datedapproximately tothe second half ofthe 10th century. Itsank off the coastof northern Java,near Cirebon. Themain cargo consistsof ceramics andingots, but thereare also othermetallic objects,pearl, shells, glass,coins, etc. Thewreck also retainssome of thepersonal belongingsof the crew whosailed it.
This ship wassailing fromSumatra to Javawhen it sank nearBangka island. Theship was carrying adiverse cargo, butone which containslarge quantities ofmetal objects.
This ship dating tothe late Song periodsank off the coastof Pulau Buaya inthe Riau-Linggaarchipelago. Thewreck has not beenwell-studied, andthe 12th-centurydate is largelypredicated onceramic finds.
The ship sank nearBangka island anddatesapproximately tothe 13th century.