A sailing vessel believed to have sunk off the coast of India 900 years ago has
been discovered buried under a rice field.
Archaeologists working on an excavation in Thaikal in southern India have some
mysteries to solve. The 900-year-old sailing ship they have discovered is made
of local materials, but not by local artisans. The design may be Chinese,
Japanese, Egyptian, or even Arabic. And how did the ship come to be buried in a
"The base of the ship is intact," said PK Gopi, head of the Centre for Heritage
Studies. "We have also unearthed many wooden
portions, seven small wooden shelves, different types of shells, pieces of
ropes and bamboo from the vessel."
The Centre for Heritage Studies has conducted the excavation and plans to host
a conference in January.