Nova 1974 | TV Show
PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a (more…)
Premiered: March 3, 1974
Season 28, Episode 8 Sultan's Lost Treasure
First Aired: January 16, 2001
Charting the excavation of a porcelain and stoneware laden 15th-century Chinese junk in the South China Sea off Brunei. The hour also explores China's maritime, mercantile and manufactuing muscle during the period. Porcelain, which was produced only in China, was prized all over the world, but this ship might well have been operated by smugglers, because China's emperor had cut off trade in 1433. Why? The court believed that there was “nothing in the outside world [that] China really needed,” says narrator David Ogden Stiers.
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