Shipwrecks hint at thriving trade

Two centuries old shipwrecks packed with ceramics and other artefacts have been found off Singapore in a rare discovery that will shed light on the city-states maritime heritage, archeologists said.

The wrecks were found off pedra Branca, a rocky outcrop east of Singapore, according to the National Heritage Board and think tank the ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute. The first wreck, discovered after divers accidentally came across ceramics that possibly date back to the 14th century, when Singapore was known as Temasek. Undersea excavations on the first wreck led to the discovery of the second, which is likely to be the Shah Munchah, a merchant vessel built in India that sank in 1796 while sailing fron China to India The survey and recovery of artefacts was completed this year.

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