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China, Sri Lanka join hands in Maritime Silk Road archaeological research

IANS  |  Shanghai 

The has signed a (MOU) with Central Cultural Fund on a five-year archaeological cooperation programme.

Yang Zhigang, the of Shanghai Museum, said on Wednesday that the MOU was a comprehensive cultural exchange programme ranging from joint excavation, relic protection and museum exhibition to educational cooperation, reported.

The MOU was signed after the museum's archaeological team went to to join a 40-day site excavation at the ruins of Allaippidy in the port city of in August.

The archaeologists found some porcelain fragments dating back to the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), which were transported from

"is an important stop on the Maritime Silk Road. Chinese explorer visited Sri Lanka in 1405 for the first time," Yang said, explaining why the museum made Sri Lanka the first station in its overseas joint archaeological research on the Maritime Silk Road.

He said was the key figure for Shanghai Museum's overseas archaeological excavation. A stone tablet exhibited in the was proved to be left by Archaeologists from the museum hoped to find more evidence of Zheng He's fleet to Sri Lanka.

Yang said that the joint excavation in will focus on the trade route and mode study of the Maritime Silk Road. "The two sides will hold joint exhibitions on archaeological findings and publish research papers in both Chinese and English," said the



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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 14:06 IST