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Subject: [NOVA] "Sultan's Lost Treasure"

Broadcast: March 18, 2003
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In the middle of the South China Seas, a six-hour voyage from the tiny,
oil-rich Sultanate of Brunei, prospectors spot an ancient wreck on the
sea bed, half-swallowed by the sand. An international team of
archeologists dives for and retrieves a unique treasure -- not gold or
silver, but more than 12,000 intact pieces of Chinese porcelain dating
from the "golden age" of ceramic production in the 14th century. The
priceless cargo poses countless riddles as the archeologists seek the
identity of the ship and its destination as well as the meaning of the
strange symbols so delicately figured on the dishes. As the divers
salvage the wreck while trying to avoid of pirates, looters, and the
"bends," they also gradually reconstruct the story of the world's
first international trading network -- an early ancestor of today's
global marketplace.

Here's what you'll find on the companion Web site:

  On China's China
  What makes blue-and-white porcelain so striking? So durable?
  So inimitable? In this engaging interview, Tung Wu, curator
  of Asian art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts,
  shares some of the secrets of medieval potters.

  Ancient Chinese Explorers
  A century before Europeans "discovered" the Indian Ocean, Chinese
  merchants led by the redoubtable Zheng He (1371-1433) journeyed
  as far as Zanzibar in search of trade items to dazzle the imperial

  Asia's Undersea Archeology
  Wrecks of medieval ships found in China, South Korea, and Thailand
  -- all laden with quality trade goods -- are shedding light on the
  greatest period of Chinese maritime exploration.

  Date the Dish
  How old is that old bowl? In this activity, you're an expert
  who needs to assess the age of a centuries-old Chinese porcelain

  NOVA News Minute
  This video clip shows how the worldwide search for oil doesn't
  always turn up black gold; it sometimes finds gold of another kind.

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