“Treasures of a Lost Galleon” arrive to Mexicali’s Museo del Sol

“Treasures of a Lost Galleon” arrive to Mexicali’s Museo del Sol

Sep 18, 2017

More than 1,500 archaeological artefacts, mostly of Asian origin that never reached port, have been recovered by INAH researchers from a sunken boat stranded on the Baja California coast, which are now being exhibited at the Museo del Sol in Mexicali.

Julia Bendímez Patterson, a delegate from the INAH Center in Baja California, mentioned that the exhibition “Treasures of a Lost Galleon” (Tesoros de un Galeón Perdido) was first opened in February 2011 at the Ex Aduana Marítima de Ensenada and five years later at the Museo Caracol.

She emphasized that the investigators of Underwater Archeology of the institute, have worked since 1999 in this shipwreck that is dated between 1574 and 1576, according to the analysis of several fragments of porcelain retrieved from the boat.

Because it is a shipwreck, the delegate emphasized that only fragments of different objects have been obtained. The ship was bringing these objects from the Far East, with the port of Acapulco as final destination.

“The remains include numerous fragments of porcelain from the Ming dynasty, vessels for food storage, fine species containers, and some metal pieces,” she added.

Bendímez Patterson detailed that fragments of fine porcelain, wax blocks, figurines of Chinese dogs in bronze speak of the extensive connection in the Pacific between Chinese, Japanese and other nations that converged in Manila, Phillipines with different types of cargo.

Finally, she indicated that the content of the exhibition showcases the importance of the economic activity generated by the transpacific trade between the Far East and New Spain for more than 250 years, which began at the end of the 16th century and ended in 1815.

Source: http://www.frontera.info/

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