A Preliminary Study on the Barrier of the Sino-French War of 1884 at Tamsui Estuary, Taiwan

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A Preliminary Study on the Barrier of the Sino-French War of 1884 at Tamsui Estuary, Taiwan

Description

During the Sino-French War of 1884, the Qing military intentionally sank a number of wrecks filled with rocks under the Tamsui River and surrounded them with naval mines and many railings to form a barrier against the French invasion. In 2014, one hundred and thirty years later, the government planned to construct a bridge across the river estuary; and, in accordance with the law concerning environmental impact assessments and archaeological impact assessments, the author conducted an investigation to find potential underwater archaeological remains. The survey tools for this project included a side scan sonar, a multi-beam sonar, a magnetometer, and a sub-bottom profiler. A total of 31 anomalies were detected by these sonars; most of them were lain on the surface of the river bed, and these were believed to be modern debris. However, some anomalies were covered by the sand or under the river bed; therefore, the team could not identifiy these targets further without underwater operations. First, In order to verify the anomalies lying on the surface of the river bed, the team used an underwater camera and diverbased investigation. As a result of the investigation, no specific archaeological remains were found on the surface of the river bed; also the team found out that the sediments of the riverbed had accumulated repeatedly by erosion and floods since 1884. It seems that a strong power of natural dynamics on this region may had destroyed the barrier. In conclusion, the underwater investigation could not confirm archaeological remains of the barrier. Further investigation is required to find archaeological remains. In this paper, the author shall share historical contexts related to the Tamsui Estuary that were found during his historical literature reviews. Also the author shall share his hypothesis of where to find, or what might have happened to, the potential archaeological remains from Sino-French War of 1884.

Creator

Tai-Lung

Publisher

The Museum of Underwater Archaeology

Date

11/24/2017

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Tai-Lung

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NakagawaFINAL.pdf

Citation

Tai-Lung , “A Preliminary Study on the Barrier of the Sino-French War of 1884 at Tamsui Estuary, Taiwan ,” The MUA Collection, accessed January 29, 2023, http://www.themua.org/collections/items/show/1816.

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