Octopus Unearths 900-Year-Old Hidden Treasureff

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Octopus Unearths 900-Year-Old Hidden Treasureff

Post by hope » 09 Nov 2017 00:11

It is a story that combines all the great mysteries and exciting discoveries of the sea - an octopuses hauled onto
a fishing boat with valuable ancient pottery attached to its suckers, conjuring up visions of ancient Mariners and
sailing ships laden with fabulous wares.
Korean fisherman Kim Yong-Chuk pulled up more octopus , most of which had shards of pottery attached to their
tentacles. Now the chance discovery is being hailed as one of the great undersea treasure discoveries of modern

Officials at the National Maritime Museum Seoul say the pottery dates back to 12th century, when the Koryo
Dynasty ruled the Korean Peninsula. More follows..(1) (2) The extraordinary discovery on what was for 58-year-old
Mr Kim another 'day at the office' began when he took his small boat out from the town of Taean, 60 miles south
west Seoul. As usual, he was hoping for a good catch of webfoot octopus, which ar a delicacy in Korea.
But on this particular day, he decided to try somewhere new, a few miles south of his regular fishing spot.

Casting out a long line, he felt a familiar tug and hauled up his first octopus of the day, he was puzzled by several
blue objects attached to its suckers and thought at first they were shells. But when he examined them, he
realised they were pieces of pottery.


Not realising he was on the point of making an incredible discovery, he cast out his line again and again, bringing
in more octopus with shards of pottery attached, then he brought one up with a whole plate caught on its

By now, Mr Kim realised that there had to be something important deep below. He had heard that divers had found
several shipwrecks filled with relics, including pottery, along the coast. More follows...(3) On his return to shore,
he contacted the museum, which sent officials to examine the pieces.

"You can imagine just how excited we were when we studied the bits and pieces as well as the virtually perfect
plate." said Mr Mun-Hwan-Seok, a museum of official. "We arranged for an urgent exploration of the sea bed and
although we did not find a ship down there, we were able to find 30, 12th century bowls." "It seems that a ship
carrying Koryo pottery was wrecked there and what excites us in these pieces are perfect examples of beautiful
Koryo pottery.

A large number of kilns were established in the area and the ship must have been transporting the pieces when
it went down.
"Although other ships have been found and pottery recovered, this is the first time a family of octopus have
found a wreck for us." Many of the pieces are decorated with chrysanthemum or vine patterns.

Meanwhile Mr Kim is to be rewarded by the Museum for his discovery, but just what he will receive is being kept
a secret for the time being.

"Before I set off in the boat I had a dream the night before of being in water swimming." he said. "Such dreams are
supposed to bring luck, so this one turned out to be true."

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