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Kerala History Council, British Museum get partnership award

Wednesday, August 04, 2010 05:18:54 PM, PTI

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR) and British Museum in London have been chosen for the International Partnership award-2010 by the British Academy for a research collaboration focussing on ancient maritime trade links between Kerala and the West.


The award carries a grant of 30,000 British pounds to do research on "Indian Ocean Trade: The Archaeology of Technology" jointly by Dr Roberta Tomber of the British Museum and Prof PJ Cherian, Diector KCHR), a KCHR release said today.

The study will be linked to the ongoing archaeological research at the ancient maritime town of Muziris, famed in history as ''Crangannore'' for centuries, which was once a bustling international spice trade hub on Kerala coast.


The research on the ancient trade port which had links with Roman and much of the Mediterranean trade mercantile centres had been going on for the last few years based around Pattanam in Ernakulam district.

The excavations have yielded a lot of tangible evidences like shards of Roman amphora. Pattanam excavation have become the springboard for extensive studies and investigation into topics like the culture and technology of Indian Ocean trade through the themes of maritime technology, pottery and personal adornment, it said.

The grant will be utilised over the next three years to hold three research workshops at KCHR. The workshops will be particularly directed towards training of Indian students and researchers.


The artifacts will be examined by a multi-disciplinary team of international experts and they will undertake an ethno-archaeology survey to understand the technological history of the items.












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