Maritime Archaeological Studies in India

Aniruddh S. Gaur and Kamlesh H. Vora

in The Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195375176
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Maritime Archaeological Studies in India

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India has played a major role in Indian Ocean trade and the development of shipbuilding technology. The study of the maritime history of India commenced in the first decade of the twentieth century and was largely based on literary data. Maritime archaeological investigations have been undertaken at various places along the Indian coast, such as in Dwarka, Pindara, the Gulf of Khambhat, the Maharashtra coast, the Tamil Nadu coast, etc. Despite a long coastline and a rich maritime history, there are no proper coastal records or records of shipwrecks that are preserved, except some literary references, which suggest a large number of shipwrecks dating between the early sixteenth century and the nineteenth century. This article discusses important shipwrecks on which detailed work is in progress.

Keywords: Indian Ocean trade; shipbuilding technology; maritime archaeological investigations; maritime history; shipwrecks; coastal records

Article.  9173 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; History and Theory of Archaeology

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