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Diver arrested with artefacts recovered from wreck

A 42-year-old man has been arrested in Cambodia, where investigators found nearly 300 antique clay pots believed to have been recovered from a shipwreck in the Gulf of Thailand region. The arrest took place on the south coast of the country. During a search at the man’s home, nearly 300 clay jugs were found which
Published: October 14, 2020 - 12:35
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 21:19
Diver arrested with artefacts recovered from wreck

A 42-year-old man has been arrested in Cambodia, where investigators found nearly 300 antique clay pots believed to have been recovered from a shipwreck in the Gulf of Thailand region.

The arrest took place on the south coast of the country. During a search at the man’s home, nearly 300 clay jugs were found which were said to be up to 600 years old. According to the detainee, he had retrieved them while diving from a shipwreck.

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A 42-year-old man was arrested after authorities found that he was illegally keeping 281 small and large dishes considered legally protected antiques in his home, Preah Sihanouk provincial spokesman Khieng Phearum said

According to the findings, the detained man is professionally involved in diving. He was spotted while diving on one of the wrecks located at the bottom of the Gulf of Thailand, near the town of Sihanoukville. It is likely that the antiques found in his flat came from this wreck.

The spokesman also said it was not known how the arrested man had extracted the vessels or how long he had been in possession of them. The police, upon learning of his collection, began surveillance, which eventually resulted in an arrest.

Dishes Illegally Extracted from the Wreck in the Gulf of Thailand Divers24.co.uk It is unclear at this point whether the detained diver intended to sell the antiques, but it is likely that he will be prosecuted under the law protecting Cambodia’s cultural and historical heritage.

Long Punna Serivath, spokesperson of the Ministry of Culture said that judging from the photographs of the vessels, they were probably made between the 15th and 17th centuries.

Both the origin of the jars and the ship from which they are believed to have been extracted have not yet been established. Experts will now examine the entire collection in order to obtain concrete answers.

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Marcin’s journey with diving has been an adventure. Starting as a recreational diver, he soon found himself drawn to the fascinating stories and mysteries of Baltic wrecks. After gaining experience, Marcin decided to go beyond just leisurely exploration and took his training up a notch by completing the TMX course, allowing him to explore even deeper and uncover the secrets of inaccessible places. His next challenge has been cave diving, where he is honing his skills to become a certified diver. Not content to simply take in the breathtaking beauty of underwater life, Marcin has also embraced underwater photography since 2018, capturing stunning shots that bring these worlds alive for those who are unable to experience them first-hand. Marcin’s passion for the underwater has taken him far and is sure to continue doing so as he dives into new depths and captures breathtaking images.
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