The Ancient Port of Arikamedu

New Excavations and Researches 1989-1992. Volume One

Vimala Begley, Steven E. SIDEBOTHAM, Elizabeth LYDING WILL, Peter FRANCIS, Jr., K.V. RAMAN, Iravatham MAHADEVAN, Kathleen WARNER SLANE

Collection : Mémoires archéologiques

Collection's number: 22.1

Edition: EFEO, Centre d'histoire et d'archéologie

Publication date: 1996

Status : Available


ISBN : 2-85539-421-X

ISBN-13 : 9782855394213

ISSN : 2118-1020

Width : 22,5 cm

Height : 29 cm

Weight : 2.01 kg

Number of pages : 433

Distributor : EFEO Diffusion

Geography : India

Language : English

Place : Pondichéry

Support : Papier

Description :

XXXIII + 400 p., 29 cm., hardcover

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Arikamedu, located on the Coromandel coast of India, is the most important site for the study of Indian sea trade with the Mediterranean region during Imperial Roman times. The site has been excavated previously in the 1940s and 1950s, but because of many unresolved problems, during three seasons from 1989 to 1992, new excavations were carried out as a collaborative project of the University of Pennsylvania Museum and Madras University. The project was conceived by Dr. Vimala Begley who has previously edited Rome and India: The Ancient Sea Trade (1991).
The present volume is the first of two which will comprise the final excavation report. Altogether seven eminent scholars, with expertise in both Indian and Greek and Roman archaeology, are the joint authors of this study, which is unique in its attempt to understand the layout, economical basis and historical significance of this most famous Indian seaport and its overseas commerce.
The methods of excavation and recording of data used by the excavation team differ widely from those commonly used in India. Since the site has been extremely disturbed from ancient times to the present, the authors have provided a detailed examination and catalogue of the artifacts recovered from both their own and earlier excavations. Along with the forthcoming second volume, the final excavation report will shed new light on a site that turned out to be far more complicated than any of the earlier excavators had realized.
Extensively illustrated, with site plans, photographs of pottery and numerous drawings, the present volume will be an indispensable reference work for scholars interested in the entire array of sites along the Coromandel coast which provide evidence of an extensive network of trade that existed before, during and after the period of Indo-Roman trade.

Table of contents

References Cited
List of Illustrations
1. Changing perceptions of Arikamedu
Vimala Begley
2. Field investigations 1989-92
Vimala Begley and Steven E. Sidebotham
3. Trenches of the northern sector, 1989-92
Steven E. Sidebotham
4. Pottery from the northern sector, 1989-92
Vimala Begley
5. Pottery inscriptions in Brahmi and Tamil-Brahmi
Iravatham Mahadevan
6. Mediterranean shipping amphoras at Arikamedu, 1941-50 excavations
Elizabeth Lyding Will
7. Other ancient ceramics imported from the Mediterranean
Kathleen Warner Slane
8. Some Fine ware pottery from arikamedu in the Pondicherry museum
Vimala Begley
Appendix A: the chariot seal impression
Steven E. Sidebotham
Appendix B: a square copper coin from AV92-XIV
K.V. Raman
Appendix C: marine shells from Arikemedu
Peter Francis, Jr.

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