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The 2nd excavation of al Serrian port concluded

BY :Yuan & Sophia 丝路云帆

UPDATED :January 28, 2019

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The second excavation of the ruins of al Serrian port, Saudi Arabia, by the joint archaeological team of China and Saudi Arabia, just concluded yesterday and yielded fruitful results.

考古队二探塞林港遗址,有新发现?

Field research revealed a large area of construction bases, where a mosque might likely have stood and a cluster of stone tombs were found arranged in an orderly fashion.

考古队二探塞林港遗址,有新发现?

It can also be confirmed from underwater investigation that there was a harbour in the south of the ruins, and the water course for ships to enter the harbour was also found.

Through aerial photography, ancient seasonal streams, now buried by quicksand, were also discovered, which helps to explain why the port was located there.

考古队二探塞林港遗址,有新发现?

沙特塞林港遗址的零星碑刻 姜波 摄 (来源:中新网)A stone tablet on the ruins

Archaeologists also unearthed a bunch of relics, including coins, ivory products, strings of beads, Arabian stone implements, and especially Persian glazed pottery.

Like the first joint excavation between March and April last year, Chinese porcelain, from Longquan celadon of Song and Yuan dynasties to blue and white porcelain from Ming and Qing dynasties, were also found, hinting the once prosperous foreign trade in the international port.

考古队二探塞林港遗址,有新发现?

建筑遗址考古现场 Ruins of ancient buildings

考古队二探塞林港遗址,有新发现?

中沙水下考古队员搜寻古代航道Archaeologists conducting underwater investigation

考古队二探塞林港遗址,有新发现?

考古队员在海底作业Archaeologists conducting underwater investigation

考古队二探塞林港遗址,有新发现?

清理出来的建筑墙基 Ruins of ancient buildings

This excavation is part of a 5-year archaeological cooperation agreement signed by China’s State Administration of Cultural Heritage and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, in 2016. It is both sides’ wishes that the project could help unveil the history of al Serrian port and its role in the ancient Maritime Silk Road.


 

Source: WeChat(丝路云帆)

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