Maritime archaeological studies in India
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India with more than 7000 km long coastline and about 5000 years old maritime history is dotted with several ancient ports. Marine archaeological research during last two and half decades has revealed a number of sites along the Indian coast, which include ancient ports, jetties, and shipwrecks. The most prominent areas of the marine archaeological explorations have been so far Saurashtra- Kathiawad coast, southern Maharashtra coast, Goa, Lakshadweep and Tamilnadu coast. A large number of stone anchors have been recorded at various locations besides a number shipwrecks in Goa, Lakshadweep and Poompuhar waters. The paper reviews the present information available on marine archaeological discoveries along the Indian coast.
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