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Journal of Indian Ocean Archaeology No. 10-11 (2014-15)

by: Sunil Gupta

Journal of Indian Ocean Archaeology was launched in 2003 by one of India’s leading academic institutions, the Centre for Research & Training in History, Archaeology and Palaeo-environment, New Delhi. The second issue is in the Press. The Journal is an outcome of the realization on the part of the international community of archaeologists and historians that India has no journal devoted exclusively to the archaeology of the Indian Ocean Rim countries, starting from the Red Sea through the South China Sea, although Indian occupies the central position in this vast area, with three-fourths of its land facing the gulfs and bays of the Indian Ocean. It is common knowledge that Egypt, Ethiopis, Kenya, Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Bahrain and countries bordering the Persian Gulf, including Iraq and Iran, as well as Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, were closely connected with each other through long-distance sea-borne trade-routes for thousands of years. This particular phenomenon had led to the development of what is now generally called ‘Shared Culture’ with its distinct personality which is Afro-Asian. It is reflected in the material items dug up every year at a number of sites in India and all other countries along the coasts of the Indian Ocean. This journal embodies the results of explorations and excavations conducted by scholars in various countries which witnessed the growth of the personality of the shared culture of the Indian Ocean Rim countries, including the countries of Southwest Asia. It also includes all aspects of cultural, economic and socio-political histories of these countries. The contributors to this journal are from all over the world. It is a MUST for every scholar and layman interested in the history and arachaeology of the coastal countries of the Indian Ocean, from Africa, and West Asia through China.

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ISBN: 9788124608593
Year Of Publication: 2015
Edition: 1st Edition
Pages : viii, 168p.
Language : English
Binding : Paperback
Publisher: Indian Archaeological Society
Size: 27
Weight: 650

Overview

Journal of Indian Ocean Archaeology was launched in 2003 by one of India’s leading academic institutions, the Centre for Research & Training in History, Archaeology and Palaeo-environment, New Delhi. The second issue is in the Press. The Journal is an outcome of the realization on the part of the international community of archaeologists and historians that India has no journal devoted exclusively to the archaeology of the Indian Ocean Rim countries, starting from the Red Sea through the South China Sea, although Indian occupies the central position in this vast area, with three-fourths of its land facing the gulfs and bays of the Indian Ocean. It is common knowledge that Egypt, Ethiopis, Kenya, Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Bahrain and countries bordering the Persian Gulf, including Iraq and Iran, as well as Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, were closely connected with each other through long-distance sea-borne trade-routes for thousands of years. This particular phenomenon had led to the development of what is now generally called ‘Shared Culture’ with its distinct personality which is Afro-Asian. It is reflected in the material items dug up every year at a number of sites in India and all other countries along the coasts of the Indian Ocean. This journal embodies the results of explorations and excavations conducted by scholars in various countries which witnessed the growth of the personality of the shared culture of the Indian Ocean Rim countries, including the countries of Southwest Asia. It also includes all aspects of cultural, economic and socio-political histories of these countries. The contributors to this journal are from all over the world. It is a MUST for every scholar and layman interested in the history and arachaeology of the coastal countries of the Indian Ocean, from Africa, and West Asia through China.

Contents

Foreword
Editorial
Archaeological and Ethnographic Evidence for Historic Consumption of Fish and Shellfish along the Coast of East Africa, Tanzania
— E. B. Ichumbaki
Cave of Revelations: Indian Ocean Trade in Light of the Socotran Graffiti
— Kasper Evers
Late Quaternary Geoarchaeological Studies of Coastal Site at Kuntasi, Gujarat
— S. N. Rajaguru, Sushama Deo and Savita Ghate
From Iron Age European Musical Horns at Sanchi, to Modern Kompu Ensembles in Kerala: Maritime Musical Exchange c100 BCE – c300 CE
— Billy 0 Foghlti
Maritime Trade Centres along the Malabar Coast: A Reappraisal
— K. Krishnan and Vrushab Mahesh
Passage to India: Locating South Asia in the Indian Ocean World during the Early Medieval Period
— Jason D. Hawkes
The Maritime Silk Road: The Indian Ocean and the Africa-China Exchange Systems in the late first/early second millennium CE
— Herman Kiriama and Qin Dashu
Cultural Interaction between Ancient Abyssinia and India: Archaeological Sources from 1st to 7th century CE
— Dibishada B. Gamayak, Manjil Hazarika and Kulbhushan Mishra
Communicating a Unique Terracotta Armband from the Coastal Area of the District of South Twenty Four Parganas, West Bengal, India
— Krishnendu Ray
Notes and News
Questions that Count: A Note on Historical Archaeology in the Indian Ocean
— Jonathan Walz
A Note on Rhapta, the Metropolis of Azania
— Felix A. Chami
Project Mausam. National Conference on Indian Ocean Region: Cultural Landscapes and Maritime Trade Routes of India, 17-19 November 2014, Kochi, India
— Sunil Gupta
Workshop on Pan-Pacific Environmental Changes and Civilizations, Nichibunken and Ritsumeikan University, 24-26, February 2014, Kyoto, Japan
— Sunil Gupta

Meet the Author
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Dr Sunil Gupta (b. 1961– ) is Assistant Keeper at the Allahabad Museum, an autonomous institution of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Dr Gupta completed his PhD in Archaeology from the Deccan College, Pune in 1998. He had been Nehru Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum (1997) and JSPS Post-Doctoral Fellow at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto (1998-99). Dr Gupta is widely travelled, having done archaeological fieldwork in Japan, China and East Africa. He was co-director of excavations of the Early Historic port-site of Kamrej (Gujarat) in 2003. He has chaired sessions in international conferences and has been invited as PhD examiner by the universities of Uppsala (Sweden) and Bergen (Norway). Dr Gupta has papers in referred journals and in prestigious edited volumes published in India and abroad. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Indian Ocean Archaeology. His current focus is the archaeology of “trade and civilization” in the context of the early Indian Ocean world.
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