As a championship sailor Sten has extensive knowledge and interest in ancient maritime trade, ships designs and construction.
It is these interests and gained knowledge that is the base for all his books and extensive lecturing.
Our arrangement with the Malaysian authorities is such that we finance all operations and train young Malaysian nationals (on our initiative) in maritime archaeology and related research.
After giving all unique and single artifacts and thirty percent of all recovered items to the National Museum (and assisting with exhibitions of artifacts from each project) we are allowed to sell our portion of the recovery to finance future projects.
A lifetime’s experience with the sea and sailing allows Sjostrand to bring new understanding to ancient ship construction, and his voluminous reading allows him to set the ships and their cargoes in historical perspective. This was done in order to formalize and to expand on the company’s researcher’s extensive knowledge of Asia’s ceramic developments and maritime trade.
for more than two decades and another decade researching maritime trade.
Due to the clay texture, a Yixing teapot will season itself with every brew. Other marks suggest that the pots were made by younger potters, not yet allowed to include their name on their pots.
No Yixing teapots have been found on any other of our shipwrecks.
The (purple) clay teapots made at Yixing are made from a granular clay and therefore perfect for brewing Chinese tea. The overall appearance of this teapot is very good.The clay has a nice rich color and the lid fit the body with little side clearance.Following a successful shipwreck discovery, the company obtain a government permit to excavate the wreckage, and then carry out detailed marine archaeological procedures in recovering the artifacts, mapping the ship's remains and securing other data for future research.
After each concluded project and following conservation of recovered artifacts, we search for and pinpoint ruined kiln sites and compare its wasters with the recovered ceramics until we are satisfied we located the place in which the shipwreck pottery was made centuries earlier.In addition to working with recovering artifacts, Sten has located number of ancient kiln sites in Thailand and in China were his shipwreck ceramics was made centuries ago.