Last Updated on 10/29/2005 by bidz
Wed Oct 26,12:01 AM ET
“JAKARTA (AFP) – In a nondescript warehouse in Jakarta, treasure-hunter Luc Heymans dips into plastic boxes and pulls out jewels and ornaments that lay hidden at the bottom of the Java Sea for 1,000 years.
An ornately sculpted mirror of polished bronze is one masterpiece among the 250,000 artefacts recovered over the last 18 months from a boat that sank off Indonesia’s shores in the 10th century.
…”A 10th century wreck is very rare, there are only a few,” says Jean-Paul Desroches, a curator at the Guimet Museum in Paris, after seeing photographs of the early hauls.”