China-Saudi Arabia Joint Archaeological Team Launches Second Archaeological Excavation of Saudi Salin Port

China-Saudi Arabia Joint Archaeological Team Launches Second Archaeological Excavation of Saudi Salin Port

新华社利雅得12月29日电 由中国国家文物局水下文化遗产保护中心和沙特国家考古中心组织的中沙联合考古队29日开始对红海之滨港口遗址——沙特塞林港遗址进行第二Archeological excavations.
  The archeological excavation will consist of 6 people from China and Saudi Arabia to form a joint archaeological team, which will last for one month.
  It is reported that the Chinese archeological team arrived in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, on the 24th, and submitted to Saudi Arabia the first archeological work archives and more than 40 inscriptions on the site of the port.
Saudi Arabia highly recognizes the outstanding performance of the Chinese archaeological team.
  The Chinese leader of the archeological work Jiang Bo told Xinhua News Agency that the excavation of the site of Sellin Port was aimed at further probing the historical connotation and geographic information of Sellin as a pilgrimage trading port.Carry out focus clearing mapping.
In addition, China and Saudi Arabia mobilized 7 outstanding underwater archaeological team members to conduct underwater archaeological surveys around the Port of Sellin, learn about the ancient channel information of the harbor, and try to search for underwater ruins such as sunken ships.
  According to the cooperation agreement signed by China and Saudi Arabia in 2016, the two sides will implement a joint archaeological excavation for the Sailing Port site for a period of five years.
  From March to April this year, the China-Saudi Arabia Joint Archaeological Team carried out the first archaeological excavation on the site of Sailing Port, and completed the collection, mapping, and 3D reconstruction of the surface information of the site.The inscriptions of the chronology of inscriptions accurately infer that the site dates from the 9th to 13th centuries AD.
It is particularly important that Chinese export porcelain fragments from the Song, Yuan, and Ming to Qing dynasties were found on the site, which provided valuable material information for the study of the Maritime Silk Road.
  The site of Port Sairin is 都市夜网 located in the southwest of the Arabian Peninsula, on the shores of the Red Sea. It was once a bustling pilgrimage trading port. It was abandoned for some reason, covered by quicksand, and then turned into ruins.
  The Red Sea area where Sellin Port is located is an important channel for maritime exchanges between the East and the West, and has had close maritime exchanges with China since ancient times.
The Zheng He nautical fleet of the Ming Dynasty sailed to the Red Sea, which became the talk of ancient China-Arab exchanges.
(Reporter Wang Bozhen, Tu Yifan) Original title: China-Saudi Arabia Joint Archaeological Team Launches Second Archaeological Excavation of Saudi Sailing Port