9th century shipwreck reveals perfectly-preserved porcelain

The remains of a Chinese ship carrying earthenware jars, painted bowls and gold cups dating to the 7th - 10th centuries, has been discovered off the southeast coast of Sumatra. The lavishness of the artifacts leads experts to speculate that the items might have been gifts from the Tang Emperor.

Archaeologists were surprised that many of the delicate articles were almost perfectly preserved, mostly because of a layer of silt. "Raised from the seabed more than a millennium later, the gold cups and bronze mirrors, silver boxes and ewers look as fresh as the day they were created."