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Relics of shipwreck found in Medan

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 24 2012   /  10:37 am

After almost a month of exploration, French archeologist Daniel Perret from Ecole Francaise d’Extreme-Orient (EFEO) discovered a fragment from an ancient shipwreck and gold relics at the Kota Cina (Chinatown) site in Marelan district, Medan, North Sumatra.

The ancient relics, estimated to date back to between the 11th and 14th centuries, were discovered by Perret at the end of a series of studies at the site on Thursday.

Perret said the fragments were similar to discoveries made last year. He added that his team’s research this month was the second it had done at the Kota Cina site.

“This year’s discovery was the same as last year’s, thus strengthening the fact that the Kota Cina site was a merchant port on the eastern coast of Sumatra that once served as a trading network between the 11th and 14th centuries for traders from China, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran...