Frank Pope takes us inside the daring bid to raise a sunken trove
of 15th century porcelain from the depths of the Dragon Sea, a
treacherous stretch of water off the coast of Vietnam. As archaeological
manager, Pope had a front row seat on the dramatic deep sea recovery
of the precious cargo from the Hoi An wreck. His tale is replete
with a cast of compelling characters: Renowned Oxford archaeologist
Mensun Bound teamed up with a canny financier, a crew of hardened
saturation divers and the Vietnamese military in a test of ingenuity
and resolve. The stakes were high, but so were the potential rewards.
Bound would have the chance to discover a lost era in Vietnamese
civilisation, his backer stood to make millions at the auction
block - if they could survive the threat of typhoons and pirates.
In Dragon Sea Pope delivers a rivetting real-life thriller packed
with danger, adventure and ambition- a fascinating object lesson
in what happens when scholarship and commerce combine in the recovery
of lost treasure.
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