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‘Time capsule’ warship wreck discovered

Archaeologists have discovered the wreck of the sunken Chinese warship Jingyuan, the Japanese Navy sank in September 1894 during the first Sino-Japanese war.

Underwater archaeologists have discovered the wreckage of a Chinese warship that was sunk in a fierce battle, more than 100 years ago.

The Japanese Navy sank the Jingyuan in September 1894 during the first Sino-Japanese war. Hundreds of objects such as grenades, bullets, ceramics, and leather items were salvaged from the ship Tuesday, according to Getty.

The chinese State Administration of Cultural Heritage says that archaeologists have worked on the wreck from Dalian, Liaoning Province, since July. The fuselage was found on the seabed in 39.4 metres from the water, it said.

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The largest part of the trunk is covered with sand, that the archaeologists carefully removed. On Sept. 15, the researchers found a “Jingyuan” nameplate hanging on the outer wall of the ship.

Bullets recovered from the Jingyuan wreck

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Remains of the ship, the masts were found in the front part of the fuselage, together with necklaces.

The wreck is compared with a time capsule by Jiang Bo, an archaeologist at China’s National Center of Underwater Cultural Heritage, according to Nine.com.au, quoting the China Daily.

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Mauser rifle bullets, revolver bullets, 37mm shells and 47mm shells are some of the items discovered in the wreck, officials say, along with 53mm artillery shells and 120mm grenade fuzes. A number of tools, such as keys, were also found.

Employees transfer artifacts have been found from the long-lost warship Jingyuan in the sea area of Zhuanghe on September 25, 2018 in Dalian, Liaoning Province in China.

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More than 500 items have been recovered from the wreckage and taken to the surface, according to Chinese officials.

Built at the Vulkan yard in Germany, the vessel entered Chinese service at the end of 1887, part of the Beiyang fleet.

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The Jingyuan was sunk in an attack by four Japanese ships and more than 200 officers and men lost their lives on the ship. Only 16 crew members survived the disaster.

An archaeologist investigates underwater on the long-lost warship Jingyuan in the sea area of Zhuanghe on September 25, 2018 in Dalian, Liaoning Province in China.

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Other wrecks are also making headlines. For example, a 400-year-old shipwreck recently discovered off the coast of Portugal has been hailed as a “significant” archaeological discovery.

Earlier this year, a team of scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California in San Diego and the University of Delaware found the stern of the second world War destroyer USS Abner Read sunk in 1943 after hitting a Japanese mine in the remote Aleutian islands.

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