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An 800-year-old label may rewrite the history of a Java Sea shipwreck

4 days ago   |   By Ars Technica

Enlarge (credit: The Field Museum, Anthropology. Photographer Pacific Sea Resources )
In the 1980s, fishermen working off the coast of Indonesia made a surprising haul: a cargo of ceramic vessels, elephant tusks, sweet-smelling resin, and other artifacts from a ship which had lain on the bottom of the Java Sea for centuries. Most of the ship's hull was long since gone; wood decays quickly in warm waters, leaving behind only its former contents.
Now, a closer look at its cargo reveals that the ship may have gone to the bottom a century earlier than archaeologists first suspected, which puts...
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