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Journal of Indian Ocean Archaeology (Vol.4: 2007)

by: Sunil Gupta

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.

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ISBN: 9788124607848
Year Of Publication: 2007
Edition: 1st
Pages : viii, 127p.
Language : English
Binding : Paperback
Publisher: Centre for Research and Training in History, Archaeology and Palaeo-environment
Size: 28 cm.
Weight: 475

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

Message from the President, CHAPS
Editorial
In Memoriam
— Sunil Gupta
The Muziris Heritage Project: Excavations at Pattanam – 2007
— P.J. Cherian, V. Selvakumar and K.P. Shajan
The Harbour of Sumhuram: Preliminary notes on the pottery assemblage from new excavations
— A. Pavan
Taxation of ancient Indian Ocean trade
— Eivind Seland
Junnar: An Early Historic Trading Emporium on the Deccan
— Vasant Shinde, Shreekant Jadhav, Abhijit Dandekar and Shrikant Ganvir
Adichchanallur: New Discoveries in the light of Rea’s Excavation
— T. Satyamurthy
Phum Snay Site Findings and the birth of Hinduist Kingdoms in Indochina
— Sergey Lapteff
Luminescence Chronology of a second millennium BCE settlement near Porbandar on the Gujarat Coast, India
— A.S. Gaur, P.J. Thomas, K.H. Vora and Sundaresh
Early Historic Settlements of Porbandar district, Gujarat, India
— Atusha Bharucha Irani
Advanced Hunter Gatherers or Conservative Farmers: A note on the Excavation of Earthenware Burial Canoes at the Village Ranchamadama in Sabaragamuva Province, Sri Lanka
— Raj Somadeva, Ranjith Dissanayake and Resta Fernando
Archaeological Sites on the Indian Ocean Rim — A Growing Database
— A.S. Gaur, Sunil Gupta
News
Tamil Brahmi inscribed shard from AQuseir, Egypt
Photographic web resource for the Indian Ocean: Bergen Ancient History Photo Archives
— Eivind Seland
Conference/Seminar/Workshop Reports
Report on the workshop on Indian Ocean Archaeology, University of Pisa, Italy
— Sunil Gupta
Book Review

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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