An Archaeological Assessment of the Jiangjyun No. 1 Shipwreck in the Penghu Islands, Taiwan

Author: Han Yin Hsu

Hsu, Han Yin, 2023 An Archaeological Assessment of the Jiangjyun No. 1 Shipwreck in the Penghu Islands, Taiwan, Flinders University, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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Chinese ceramics from the 17th and 18th centuries flourished in maritime trade. Historical research reveals that the route of Chinese ships to Southeast Asia via Taiwan played a very important role. The shipwrecks discovered in the Penghu waters prove that this area has frequent interactions with China. Few shipwrecks have been studied in this area, but after the Jiangjyun No. 1 shipwreck was found in 1995, archaeologists launched investigations and rescued more than 300 artefacts. Various porcelains and ceramics were excavated from the Jiangjyun No. 1 shipwreck, and this research aims to identify the origin and uses of these artefacts, and the results help date the ship and explain maritime trade routes. The components of this thesis included research on artefact type and production methods, a comparative study of similar collections and artefacts from shipwrecks as well as archaeological sites in Taiwan and Southeast Asia of the same age. Thirteen artefacts of the Jiangiyun No. 1 shipwreck were selected including blue-and-white porcelain and pottery alms-bowl. These products were made by the workshops Anxi Kiln, Dongxi Kiln, Zhangzhou Kiln, and Jinjiang Kiln in the Fujian and Minnan regions.

Keywords: The Jiangjyun No. 1 shipwreck, Shipwreck, Penghu Islands, Taiwan, Chinese ceramics.

Subject: Archaeology thesis

Thesis type: Masters
Completed: 2023
School: College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Supervisor: Wendy van Duivenvoorde