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Ancient ships discovered in Malaysian mangroves

Archaeologists have discovered wrecks of ancient ships embedded in the mud of a river which once flowed through the Malaysian state of Kedah.

Mangroves on the banks of a river in Kedah.
Mangroves on the banks of a river in Kedah. Image by Marufish / CC BY-SA 2.0

Local reports indicate between five and seven ships or barges measuring up to 50 feet in length have been found at the Sungai Batu archaeological site, which is located in a palm oil plantation. Researchers have discovered various other relics dating back to 110 AD at the site, which is thought to be the oldest civilisation in Southeast Asia. Read more: nst.com.my