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Keywords:

  • biomarkers;
  • GC-MS;
  • Dipterocarpaceae;
  • resin;
  • terpenoids

The 9th-century-AD Belitung wreck was discovered in 1998 in the Java Sea. Construction techniques rapidly confirmed that it was unlike any known Chinese or Southeast Asian vessel. The uncertainty about its origins was resolved in 2008 by timber identifications: it was constructed in the Middle East (probably Oman or Yemen). This paper, on the characterization of a dammar resin lump collected in the vicinity of the wreck, supplies additional evidence confirming the probable re-stitching of the vessel somewhere in Asia.

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