Dragon Sea: A True Tale of Treasure, Archeology, and Greed


Dragon Sea: A True Tale of Treasure, Archeology, and Greed off the Coast of Vietnam [Download] ✤ Dragon Sea: A True Tale of Treasure, Archeology, and Greed off the Coast of Vietnam Author Frank Pope – Thomashillier.co.uk When Oxford archeologist Mensun Bound dubbed the Indiana Jones of the Deep by the Discovery Channel teamed up with a financier to salvage a sunken trove of fifteenth century porcelain it seemed a drea When Oxford archeologist Mensun Bound dubbed the A True PDF/EPUB å Indiana Jones of the Deep by the Discovery Channel teamed up with a financier to salvage a sunken trove of fifteenth century porcelain it seemed Dragon Sea: PDF/EPUB or a dream enterprise The Stakes were high The Hoi An wreck lay hundreds of feet down in a typhoon prone stretch of water off the coast of Vietnam known as the Dragon Sea Sea: A True eBook ↠ Raising its contents reuired saturation diving a crew of and a fleet of boats The costs were unprecedented But the potential rewards were eually high Bound would revolutionize thinking about Vietnamese ceramics Sea: A True Tale of ePUB ½ and his partner would make a fortune auctioning off the pieces Hired as the project's manager Frank Pope watched the tumultuous drama of the Hoi An unfold In Dragon Sea he delivers an engrossing tale of danger adventure and ambition a fascinating object lesson in what happens when scholarship and money join forces to recover lost treasure.

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  • Dragon Sea: A True Tale of Treasure, Archeology, and Greed off the Coast of Vietnam
  • Frank Pope
  • 04 December 2016
  • 9781435668867

10 thoughts on “Dragon Sea: A True Tale of Treasure, Archeology, and Greed off the Coast of Vietnam

  1. Clare O& Clare O& says:

    This is an incredible book packed with facts and tensions The true account of finding and recovering a massive pottery hoard on a sunken ship off Vietnam is told by the manager of the diving teams We learn among other things that the aualung was invented by my childhood hero Jacues Cousteau with an engineer who produced his plans We are told the history of Vietnamese reigns and takeovers by Chinese the differences in the ceramics industries of both nations and why you don't want to flood the market with pottery for auction We learn about the evolution of deep sea diving and how the body responds to pressures and different air mixtures; how the innovation which allowed divers to live for weeks under deep sea pressure and walk around on the seabed suddenly opened up the seafloor for exploration and exploitation as well as imagined habitats And then we learn what it's like to be on a massive laden barge anchored at four points in a severe storm at sea The fussiness and strict discipline of marine archaeology unsettlingly spelt archeology in my copy is that American? Looks like the study of arches Compounding the stresses we get to understand the privateers of modern day in it to win it The costs absorbed by such a vast and dangerous operation mean that museums can't just can't pay for deep sunken wrecks to be recovered And the financial balancing pushes divers and their managers to work far beyond the limits of what is safe or sane in a country with no regulation If you have previously read about the recovery of the Mary Rose you will be fascinated to read about the extra challenges posed by the Hoi An shipwreck; those with no prior experience of the topic may find this book a little too technically detailed The author is writing from his specialty with great clarity and the line drawings help us understand exactly what is going on underwater and in the archaeological business project So I would recommend jumping in and enjoying the book I borrowed this book from the Royal Dublin Society Library This is an unbiased review

  2. Ming Wei Ming Wei says:

    A very well written book exploration adventure treasure hunting all rolled into one the author as blended all these elements together and produced a thrilling story Treasure hunting in the Far East the characters are well defined the story line flows the author creates a interesting environment in which the story takes plance and it works so well that it grips your imagination right through the book As I am a big Indian Jones fan this book really appeal to me and will also appeal to people that enjoy the movies National Treasure City of Gold with Jack Wilder Black sails were they hunt for the spanish gold Romancing the Stone King Sollomans mines There are no editorial errors in the books the front cover is attractive A very good book it was a pleasure to read it

  3. Jeff Jeff says:

    Great book about the clash between archaeology and treasure hunting in the depths of the South China Sea Reminiscent of another great book that I read Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson

  4. Gwen Gwen says:

    Perfect read for my trip to Vietnam I finished the last few pages as the bus I was on pulled into Hoi An the city where supposedly some of the artifacts were on display from the storyOne man's account of a true story This book takes place over about 2 years time and is about the finding of and recovery of sunken ships that may or may not have valuable artifacts on them They are hoping they do have valuable artifacts because the selling of the items at the end is ultimately what finances the expedition Underwater archeology entrepreneurship dangerous storms saturation diving greedThis story is mainly about a Vietnamese ship they look for find try map and study and recover artifacts from while avoiding typhoonsSurprisingly this story ends with the beginning of Ebay

  5. Deborah Joyner Deborah Joyner says:

    I'm not sure what about deep sea diving has appealed to me but you can also refer back to my review of Shadow Divers the true adventure of two Americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of World War IIIn this diving tale Pope is recounting the difficulties of a saturation dive where the divers live at deep sea pressures for weeks on end for the ceramics cargo of a junk found off the shores of Vietnam The major problem? Thing had to be done with archaeological approval So when you get a capitalist and an archaeologist both in the same project you'd expect to have some differences of opinion Add to this mix bad weather crew difficulties cost cutting and risky dives and it makes for a gripping story at point

  6. Paul Paul says:

    As an archaeology buff and a antiuities collector I was mostly interested in this book for the tales of ancient salvage but I really got into the dangers of deep sea diving and I found the book to be well presented with engrossing writing

  7. Kellylynn Kellylynn says:

    Deep sea archeology of the coast of Vietnam This was a very intriguing read I was pulled in from all sides the history of the ceramics being excavated the details in the scientific process to do so the struggle of a combined archeological and financial expedition

  8. Amanda Amanda says:

    This book is amazing I love archaeology and I always thought underwater archaeology was fascinating and terrifying This book does it so well It feels like an amazing documentary

  9. Kirk Astroth Kirk Astroth says:

    A very gripped mg book about the use of saturation driving to retrieve artifacts from sunken ships off the coast of Vietnam While most efforts are undertaken by treasure hunters this book describes an effort that involved archaeologists to map what the found and make detailed reports of their findings The Hoi An wreck dates from the 1430's and they salvagers brought up over 750000 porcelain plates dishes bowls statues and other bounty As one archaeologist observes There must be a commercial dimension on certain wrecks because otherwise they will never be done and will be destroyed instead The money is just not there in archaeology learned societies or third world governments to do this work Besides 95% of archaeologists are not field people though they like to think they are and less than 1% are prepared to work in far fling impoverished countries

  10. Eric Eric says:

    It is an interesting story and the author keeps one fairly well engaged throughout The distinction between excavation for digging up treasure and archeology for the purpose of preserving our history takes a prominent role here but at the end of the day they must work together in order for either to flourish I think However one incident on the barge sticks with me as a reflection of what is wrong with our current culture Most days aboard ship are full of enough that's going on that normal people would find this interesting To jazz things up a bit for a treasure hunter's show that I've never seen the principals set out to stage a totally fake pirate raid It is just a small part of the story but demonstrated to me that we are all far too ready to be entertained when being informed seems not to be uite enough

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