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10 ancient ships found in Binh Chau waters: archaeologists
Oct. 20, 2014 /

VietNamNet Bridge – After a survey and diving tour in Binh Chau near Quang Ngai province in central Vietnam, international experts have praised the area as unique because of its many mysterious ancient sunken ships.

During an international seminar on underwater archeology in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, held in Quang Ngai province last week, hundreds of scientists and underwater archeologists conducted a survey and a scuba diving tour in Binh Chau.

At the age of 80, underwater archeologist Borje Rorssell (Sweden) did not hesitate to wear diving clothes and scuba to explore the waters of Binh Chau. After two hours of diving to see wrecks there, Rorssell said the shipwrecks contained many ceramic antiquities with beautiful patterns. The wrecks are only 4m under the water’s surface so it is very favorable for the development of diving tours.

"I’ve been researching underwater cultural heritage in many places in the world but Binh Chau has unique coastal waters with a beautiful strait and many mysterious ancient sunken ships," he said.

Introducing this “graveyard of ancient ships" to international friends, Vietnamese underwater cultural heritage expert - Nguyen Tuan Lam - said scientists surveyed an area within a radius of 10 km2 in the Strait of Vung Tau of Binh Chau Commune. They discovered 10 ancient sunken ships.

Two of the ships have been excavated. The rest have many ceramic antiques and tools of the crew dating back to the 8th-18th centuries. They are very near the coast. In particular, there is an ancient wreck made of ropes of about 1,200 years old (equivalent to the 8th century).
Associate Professor Mark Staniforth, from Monash University (Australia), an underwater cultural heritage archaeologist, said the presence of many ancient sunken ships in this area demonstrated that Binh Chau was one of the busiest commercial ports in the world.

"The underwater cultural heritage here is valuable. It would be wonderful if Vietnam develops tourism here through diving tours to see the wrecks," said Staniforth.

He promised to ask international organizations, especially those from the Netherlands, to assist Vietnam to buy specialized equipment for underwater archaeology and train archaeological preservation staff to preserve and promote underwater cultural heritage.

Associate Professor Nguyen Giang Hai, Director of Vietnam Archaeology, said that Vietnam’s archeological sector was aiming to develop a commodity archaeology model, with the participation of people in archaeological activities to better preserve heritage.

Quang Ngai province is conducting a survey, with the participation of international experts, to make a map and cultural heritage records for Binh Chau waters to give to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The province is seeking recognition of Binh Chau as a national shipwreck relic site and calling for investment in tourism services in this area.

T. Van

PHOTO 1: A model of one of the six Dutch cargo vessels sunken in central Vietnam in the 17th century.

PHOTO 2: A 700-year-old ceramic plate taken from a sunken ship in the waters of Binh Chau.

PHOTO 3: Vietnamese and international experts dive to see shipwrecks in Binh Chau on October 16.
Philippines / Re: need help,,,,cement or just a hard soil
« Last post by open canvas on October 22, 2014, 01:15:19 AM »
Hi Fom,

Why would the Japanese dig 120 feet deep to bury treasures, knowing that the time to retrieve them is indefinite?   
Hi Experts,

Additional info.
The elephant marking is a stone and the brownish color around it is a hardened clay.
Any opinions on which side we should continue digging?

Treasure Marks, Signs and Symbols of the Yamashita Treasure / Elephant on the wall
« Last post by aubars24 on October 20, 2014, 01:44:35 PM »

Any thoughts on the elephant on the wall?


Thank you Wboy.
If you asked Gener the meaning of Rock 1, he would say it is a roundel and it means 'water'.
If indeed a Rounded and means Water. Does it mean that the Treasures are in the water or what? Actually almost all my spots are near the river and a creek. Thank you
You knew exactly what you were doing. You can't reached that point if you didn't. I think you are done by now. Congratulations!
General Yamashita's Treasure Questions & Info / Re: SHELLS BESIDE THE MOUNTAIN
« Last post by fom1113 on October 17, 2014, 11:09:11 PM »
In this thread, when your digging is going to positive direction you'll notice that there are distractions coming out. As i said in other thread treasures are deposited in spiral direction going down that's why the common sign is sea shells. In laguna area cement rock with carved spiral can be found. Be patient and ignore comments not appropriate to your operation. much better to PM me.
Philippines / Re: need help,,,,cement or just a hard soil
« Last post by fom1113 on October 17, 2014, 06:55:08 PM »

 I do not know you Ma'am but  here is my answer to your questions.

 Yes still stuck to that concept of cluster deposit because that is the truth about how the Japs buried their treasure but the secret is still with me and am not going to reveal it to anyone yet. Because of that concept i discovered a vault. I was with a group who ask my help we are at the process of planning how to open it unfortunately the soil has eroded. We are going to work from the beginning so we  stop abruptly since our budget is limited.

 Here are the common depth of treasures everywhere in our country in every site not including those seaside and at mountainous regions. 50 feet, 85 feet, 120 feet. These are the main deposits not including giveaways. These are the first to the third deposits, the fourth and fifth is still unknown for me because i figure all of the three from my previous projects not including those big & deep. The deepest one is probably the deposit mentioned by Sterling & Peggy Seagrave as the 325 feet deep cache.

 For me the first main vault is a sure target unlike giveaways as trial and error targets, time wasting.

If you asked Gener the meaning of Rock 1, he would say it is a roundel and it means 'water'.
Haha.. I don't know, bro. If you say so.
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