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Artifacts from Tang shipwreck return home

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An artifact from the Batu Hitam shipwreck [Photo from hunan.gov.cn]

162 pieces of ancient Chinese ceramic artifacts dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) were appraised by cultural relic experts at the Tongguan Kiln Site Management Office in Wangcheng District of Changsha on December 9.

These porcelain items are part of the stunning treasures on the wreck of an Arab dhow which was found in 1998 by German engineer Tilman Walterfang off the coast of Belitung Island in Indonesia.

The shipwreck, known as "Batu Hitam" (Black Rock), is blanketed with 67,000 pieces of objects traded from China during the Tang Dynasty. More than 56,500 of them were made at the Tongguan Kiln Site, which was known as one of the most famous ancient kilns in China during the period between the Tang Dynasty and Five Dynasties.

The management office signed in September an agreement with Walterfang to return a collection of the ceramic objects.

These 1,200-year-old artifacts will be held at the Tongguan Kiln Site Museum and meet the public by early 2018.