Sunday, October 16, 2016

Ming-dynasty china found in Acapulco

Archaeological project yields thousands of fragments of porcelain

A new archaeological project focusing on the history of the Port of Acapulco has yielded its first treasure: thousands of fragments of a 400-year-old shipment of Ming-dynasty china.

Described as “export-quality Chinese porcelain,” the porcelain fragments — rice bowls, cups, plates and platters — were found just a meter and a half underground.

The pieces had arrived aboard the China Galleon and date back to a period of time between 1572 and 1620, when Ming emperor Wanli ruled over China. The discovery was made near Acapulco’s cathedral, in what is known as the city’s Old Quarter.


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