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Without that delay he would have been at sea much earlier and none of this would be happening.

Ever since the ‘‘Ming ban’’ when emperor Hongwu imposed restrictions on private overseas trade, potters at the Thai kiln sites had been working flat out to meet the growth in demand from the Southeast Asian market.

It also becomes clear that the Chinese regained its monopoly in the 17th century when the Europeans entered into the Asian trade network Dreary weather and intermittent rain has led to a dramatic drop in temperature over the last few days and then, just as the rain finally stopped, a cold wind began to blow from the north.

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But now, late in February, the winds were forceful, occasionally violent and sometimes frightening.The swell generated by these waves was higher than any Heng Tai could remember.Shipwrecks which remain undisturbed on the seabed for centuries provide vital information about the past.The challenge of archeology is to understand the past by studying material traces.This ancient trade started sometime around the 4th century and lasted well into the 19th century.

Following a successful shipwreck discovery, the company obtain a government permit to excavate the wreckage, and then carry out detailed marine archaeological procedures in recovering the artifacts, mapping the ship's remains and securing other data for future research.After each concluded project and following conservation of recovered artifacts, we search for and pinpoint ruined kiln sites and compare its wasters with the recovered ceramics until we are satisfied we located the place in which the shipwreck pottery was made centuries earlier.Our arrangement with the Malaysian authorities is such that we finance all operations and train young Malaysian nationals (on our initiative) in maritime archaeology and related research.The owner had recently lost a ship near the Malaysian islands and didn’t have sufficient reserves to pay for the sacrificial planks that would protect the hull from the woodworms’ greedy onslaught.It was this cost-cutting that now worried Heng Tai and he bitterly regretted the time he’d had to spend waiting to load the cargo in Ayutthaya.This unique working arrangement makes us one of the few Internet sellers that sell from own excavation and issues a meaningful Certificate of Authenticity with all artifacts with a serial number.