The Archaeological Department of China has engaged in excavations along the Allaippiddy saying that a Chinese ship sank there 500 years, with the cooperation of the Sri Lankan Archaeological Department.
Historical Researchers say that there may have prevailed commercial link between Sri Lanka in the pre 12 century periods and achiness ship travelling in these areas had met with an accident and had sunk and that the remains of the ship could be found here. In 1980s Chinese Archaeologists were engaged in excavation work in these areas in search of the said ship. It was announced that some Chinese coins and parts of the ship were recovered there and preparations were made to conduct a widespread search. However, due to the commencement of the Civil War, the attempt was suspended then.
The search had been resumed under an agreement between the governments of both countries.
Meanwhile the Sri Lankan Archaeological Department had started work for the location of Point Pedro Dutch Fort and whatever ruins and other remains prior to the work on renovating Point Pedro harbour.
Full information will be provided to the media, officers of the Department said.