kbs2244 wrote:From today’s news.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/f ... 675866.stm
“An Arab dhow in the Gaspar Strait, near Belitung Island, off the south-east coast of Sumatra.”
That is a long way from the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, or even the west coast of India.
It would seem the "Maritime Silk Road" did not have many trading posts along it.
One trader going from end to end.
I think the orginal story said the stuff was from the Tang Dynasty.
1200 years ago.
But it was made for export type stuff.
That would mean a well developed trading history.
So this wasn't the first, or a "fluke" ship.
It was following a well established trading route.
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