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Sultan's Lost Treasure (#2801)

In the middle of the South China Sea, a six-hour voyage from the tiny Sultanate of Brunei, prospectors spot an ancient wreck on the sea bed. An international team of archaeologists dives down and begins retrieving a unique treasure -- more than 12,000 intact pieces of Chinese porcelain dating from the 15th century AD. The priceless cargo poses countless riddles as the archaeologists seek the identity of the ship and its destination, and the meaning of the strange symbols so delicately figured on the dishes. As the divers salvage the wreck, they gradually reconstruct the story of the world's first international trading network -- the ancestor of today's global marketplace. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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6-8, 9-12
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Science & Technology
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440 episodes
Average Episode Length
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