Excavation of artifacts is continuing in the waters of Gunsan in the West Sea, which has long been a maritime trade route to and from China. 

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sea about 500 meters east of Seonyudo Island in Gunsan.

Divers carrying oxygen cans jump into the sea.

After piercing the bottom with a probe and carefully removing the mud accumulated on the seabed, Goryeo celadon in piles is revealed.

100 sharpening stones used for sharpening metal such as knives and spears were also found, which are presumed to be tributes sent by local government offices to the court.

In particular, in this excavation, a wide range of relics from the Yuan, Song, and Ming and Qing dynasties of China, as well as porcelain from the Three Kingdoms period to the Goryeo and Joseon dynasties, were identified.

[Lee Myeong-ok/Curator, National Research Institute of Maritime Cultural Heritage: It can be said that this area served as an important route or port of call when traveling between Goryeo and Song Dynasty or entering Joseon from China.]

Underwater excavation of Gogunsan Islands began in earnest last year. In two years, about 570 artifacts were salvaged.

Since ancient times, the waters of the Gogunsan Islands have been a maritime trade route to and from China and have been used as anchorages to avoid rain and wind, so more artifacts are expected to come out.

[Yang Sun-seok/Curator, Researcher, National Research Institute of Maritime Cultural Heritage: About 500 artifacts have actually been excavated (in a radius of 500 meters from the excavated site), but only about 1% of the site has been cleared of sediment.

(I presume that more artifacts will be found this way.)]

The Cultural Heritage Administration plans to continue excavation to find traces of old shipwrecks, as ship accessories such as anchors and oars were found in the waters of the Gogunsan Archipelago.

(Video coverage: Yoo Ji-young JTV)