Nearly 500 artefacts recovered from sunken vessels dating from the 15th to 18th century are being displayed at the Vietnam National Museum of History. More than 60,000 artefacts, mostly blue and white ceramics, were recovered from a ship found near Binh Thuan (excavated in 2001 and 2002) The largest-ever exhibition, which runs from January 18 to May 18, gives visitors a chance to see for the first time a big number of ceramic artifacts and an overview of Vietnam’s underwater archaeological achievements, Vietnamese and Asian ceramics, and the Silk Road (207BC-220AD) of the sea. Many blue and white enamel ware and multi-colored enamel pottery items are recovered from a ship found near Ca Mau Province According to director of the Vietnam History Museum, Nguyen Van Cuong, most of the 500 artefacts being displayed are goods from dozens of sunken merchant vessels which were recovered recently from the East Sea. Some antiques made from copper including sinks and pots “It has been nearly 30 years since the first ship, Hon Cau, was discovered off the coast of Ba Ria Vung Tau in 1990 and excavated,” Cuong said, adding that dozens of other vessels have also been discovered after that in the waters near Binh Thuan, Hon Dam, Cham Island, Hon Cau, and Ca Mau. Fish hooks, gong, weight The exhibition is divided into four themes: Vietnamese waters and sea trade; Vietnamese commercial ceramics; The Sea Silk Road; and ships excavated from Vietnamese seabeds.