Recovery of artifacts from Nan’ao Number One shipwreck complete

The recovery of artifacts from the “Nan’ao Number One” wreck of a Ming trading ship in Guangdong is now complete. The cargo included a large quantity of metalware and ceramics, and there were four firearms on board as well. See the article in Chinese here.

Two Ming imperial tombs open to the public

The sports (!?) wire at Sina.com reports that the tombs of the Zhengde and Chongzhen emperors (two of the thirteen Ming Tombs near Beijing) have been opened to the public for the first time: http://sports.sina.com.cn/outdoor/2012-09-24/10292612.shtml

Update on salvage of a Wanli-era ship

From http://www.cdnews.com.tw/cdnews_site/docDetail.jsp?coluid=121&docid=102051771 「南澳Ⅰ號」明朝古船船體侵蝕嚴重 未來將被完整復原 李漢揚/整理 大陸南方日報廿五日報導,20日,備受矚目的“南澳Ⅰ號”第三次水下考古發掘畫上句號,這也意味著考古工作者對“南澳Ⅰ號”上的文物提取工作全面結束。在歷時3年多的發掘工作裏,考古工作者在這艘明萬曆年間的沉船上,發掘出船艙25個,是目前發現船艙最多的一艘古船。 與“南海Ⅰ號”採取的整體打撈方法不同,“南澳Ⅰ號”採取原址考古發掘的方式。自2009年正式展開考古發掘以來,考古工作者從古船上發掘出近3萬件文物,遠遠超過之前華光礁一號和碗礁一號,為迄今國內水下考古發掘文物最多的一次。除了瓷器外,船上還出水了大量的陶器、鐵騎、銅器等珍貴文物,堪稱研究中國古代遠洋貿易史一個極為豐富的寶藏。 有研究者認為,“鄭和七下西洋,五經南澳”,從而提出,“南澳Ⅰ號”古船出水後,將找到研究明代的鄭和船隊的“金鑰匙”。然而目前,隨著“南澳Ⅰ號”文物提取結束,考古工作者用巨大鋼鐵外罩將古船在水下封存,避免被盜襲。隨著“南澳Ⅰ號”考古階段性的結束,文物已經基本提取完畢,圍繞古船的諸多謎團和猜想也逐漸浮出水面。就此,南方日報記者專訪了“南澳Ⅰ號”考古領隊崔勇。 READ MORE

Latest issue of Mingshi yanjiu《明史研究》第十一

Here is the table of contents for the latest issue of Mingshi yanjiu 明史研究. Of historiographic note: a chronological biography of Xie Guozhen (谢国桢先生年谱). via 《明史研究》第十一辑_目录_明史研究 – 中国明史学会.

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Job Announcement, UVa

Job announcement: David Dean Chair in Asian Studies [PDF file], University of Virginia (application deadline: December 1, 2012)

National Library closure

From Ma Tai-loi (Princeton) comes word that the rare books room at the main (Haidian) location of the National Library in Beijing is currently closed for renovation and will remain so for about two years (the putong guji, mostly Qing, building on Wenjin Road will remain open).

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