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Secrets of the Tang Treasure Ship (2009)

Historians have long speculated that thousands of wooden ships plied a Maritime Silk Route from the Middle East to China, braving long distances on white-capped seas, but time and the deep ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Mansur Ammahdi ... Himself
Khalid Bahaweres ... Himself
Nick Burningham ... Nautical Archaeologist
Alvin Chia ... President Southeast Asian Ceramic Society
Qi Dongfang ... School of Archaeology Peking University (as Professor Qi Dongfang)
Aiman Faisal ... Himself
Michael Flecker ... Maritime Archaeologist
... Narrator (voice)
Raffi Khan ... Himself
Pamela Lee ... Managing Director, Tang Shipwreck Treasure Project
John N. Miksic ... Associate Professor, Southeast Asian Studies National University of Singapore (as Dr. John N. Miksic)
Younus Muhammad ... Himself
Tilman Walterfang ... Managing Director Seabed Explorations
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Historians have long speculated that thousands of wooden ships plied a Maritime Silk Route from the Middle East to China, braving long distances on white-capped seas, but time and the deep ocean have destroyed any evidence . . . until now. In 1998 German engineer Tilman Walterfang found a shipwreck from the 9th Century blanketed by intact gold, silver and ceramic items. As we uncover clues and reveal the story of the wreck, reenactments transport us back in time to an age of the legendary Sinbad the Sailor, when vicious seas ravaged wooden boats like matchsticks. Through interviews with maritime archaeologists and ceramic experts we bring these characters to life by examining unique items recovered from the wreck and painting a vivid picture of glorious 9th Century Tang China. We reveal where the treasure now lies, in high security storage in Singapore. We show the incredible 60,000 pieces recovered - amid them are unique gold and silver items never before seen. It is a time capsule ... Written by Infocus Asia

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8 August 2009 (Singapore)  »

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$428,500 (estimated)
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