Chinese archaeologists have discovered 12 new sites containing ancient relics under the waters around Xisha Islands in South China Sea. However, most of the sites have been robbed and left severely damaged.
The survey team discovered the sites around 400 kilometers out to sea. So far, the archaeologists have already collected various cultural relics from the depths, including porcelain, pottery, glazeware and even boat decks.
The newly discovered relics are believed to have come from ships that sank over the course of a one thousand year period ranging from the late Tang Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty.
The discovery team say they will continue to safeguard the relics from damage and theft. China is planning to step up efforts to safeguard its coastline, from the Bohai Sea in the North, to seas around the Xisha and Nansha Islands in the South.