Originally an episode of the PBS television series Nova, this video features a French-led team of researchers as they dive to the depths of the South China Seas to explore a 14th century shipwreck in order to discern its origin and intended destination. In the process, the archaeologists discover a delicate cargo: 12,000 intact pieces of Chinese porcelain from China's "golden age" of ceramic artistry. These priceless blue and white dishes are decorated with mysterious painted symbols. In unraveling the various riddles, the research crew realizes the sunken vessel was traveling a route on one of the world's first international trading networks.
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