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Ancient Chinese shipwreck to be trawled for treasures

Marine archaeologists have been given permission to recover artifacts from a merchant vessel shipwrecked in the South China Sea 800 years ago.

Chinese experts hope to find rare hidden treasures in the cabins of the ship, which was been preserved in a special pool at the Marine Silk Road Museum in Yangjiang, Guangdong province, since it was recovered from the bottom of the South China Sea in 2007.

The plan, proposed by the Yangjiang government, won approval from the State Administration of Cultural Heritage in May, said Feng Shaowen, director of the municipal publicity bureau.

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