Shipwreck Exhibit Stirs Up Storm

Date: 1/6/2011

A 2012 exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, featuring 9th century Chinese artifacts salvaged in 1998 is at the centre of the row. The Arab dhow was a treasure trove of objects. Julian Raby, director of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian, where the exhibition will take place, said the finds represent a significant discovery for historians, in particular the existence of a maritime silk route between Iraq and China. Paul Johnston, Curator of Maritime History at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian, believes the wreck was excavated too quickly and without enough due diligence.

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