2020 Session 6

Session 6: The Maritime Archaeology of Trade and Exchange in East Asia


East Asia has a long history of maritime trade and exchange stretching back millennia.  The earliest evidence dates to China’s Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE) when Emperor Wu sent a group of envoys carrying gold and silk to Southeast Asia in 111 BCE. 

This session is intended to provide a forum for researchers from maritime archaeology, underwater cultural heritage, and related disciplines, to exchange ideas, present new research and explore future challenges in the identification, investigation, protection, conservation, curation and display of maritime archaeological sites and material in East Asia, which bears evidence of trade and exchange.

In keeping with the Conference theme, ‘UCH in Asia-Pacific: Regional Studies and Projects’, the focus of The Maritime Archaeology of Trade and Exchange in East Asia will be on Underwater Cultural Heritage in East Asia, including regional studies and collaborative projects.

As such, we invite researchers working in Eastern Russia, Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam and the Philippines to showcase ground breaking research, new discoveries, emerging technologies and innovative methods in:

–           exploration and discovery;
–           survey and recording;
–           excavation and recovery;
–           conservation;
–           curation; and
–           display;

of sites in East Asia, and reveal how, together, these are providing new information about the East Asian maritime realm that is changing our understanding of human history, and creating opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration beyond national boundaries.


Session Organisers:

Sarah Ward
Visiting Professor of Maritime Archaeology
Centre for Maritime History and Culture Research
Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, China

Jung Young-Hwa
Senior Curator, National Maritime Museum Taean
West Sea Cultural Heritage Division
National Research Institute for Maritime Cultural Heritage, Taean, Korea