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The Archaeology of Seafaring in Ancient South Asia

The Archaeology of Seafaring in Ancient South Asia

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  • Date Published: September 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521011099

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  • Himanshu Prabha Ray looks at the maritime orientation of communities of the Indian subcontinent prior to European expansion. She uses archaeological data to reveal the connections between the early history of peninsular South Asia and its Asian and Mediterranean partners in the Indian Ocean region. Differing from traditional works on the subject, the book discusses maritime history in the broader sense of ancient seafaring activity, religious travel and political economy rather than focusing specifically on maritime trade and shipping.

    • First comprehensive study of the Indian Ocean region in antiquity
    • Highlights boat-building and maritime archaeology within developments in political economy of ancient South Asia
    • Presents archaeological and textual sources to debate the global nature of the pre-modern world
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    "Finally, maritime historians will rejoice that we now have our first sea-focussed discussion of the early history of South Asia." International Journal of Maritime History

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    • Date Published: September 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521011099
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 173 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 4 colour illus. 22 maps 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Historiography and the Maritime Landscape:
    1. The perspective
    2. Historiography
    3. The maritime landscape
    4. Geographical knowledge of the Indian Ocean in antiquity: Part II. Fishing and Sailing Communities: Cross-Cultural Contacts
    5. Marine and coastal resources
    6. Maritime communities
    7. Boat nomads
    8. Piracy
    9. Fishing communities: the historical record
    10. Sailing communities: Part III. La Longue Durée: Transportation
    Boat-Building Technology and Navigation:
    11. Archaeology of the boat
    12. The stitched tradition
    13. Early European response
    14. The ethnographic evidence
    15. Boat-building centres
    16. Traditional navigation
    17. Ownership of vessels
    18. Organisation of shipping
    19. Organisation of shipping
    20. Innovation and change
    21. Repair and maintenance
    22. Chronology of disjunction: Part IV. Maritime Trade Networks: The Beginnings (third-second millenia BCE)
    23. Mesopotamian contacts
    24. The Persian Gulf and early maritime networks
    25. The Harappan civilization
    26. The maritime regions of the Harappans
    27. Networks of trade: internal
    28. Transition and change: Part V. Regional Integration: (late second - first millennium BCE)
    29. The Persian Gulf
    30. Socotra
    31. Peninsular India
    32. Sri Lanka
    33. Southeast Asia: Part VI. Consolidation of Political Structure:
    34. The setting
    35. Political concepts in early Buddhism: theory and practice
    36. Satavahanas and their successors
    37. Alliance as political strategy
    38. The early policies in Sri Lanka
    39. Political developments in early Southeast Asia
    40. Royalty and ritual: Part VII. The Greeks: Adventurers, Traders and Travellers
    41. The explorers
    42. Hellenistic settlements
    43. The Nabataeans, Sabeans and Gerrhaeans
    44. The maritime network
    45. Christian communities: Part VIII. Merchant Lineage and the Guild
    46. Merchant communities and interaction with the state
    47. Organisation of inland trade
    48. The Indian Ocean network
    49. Foreigners and trade networks
    50. Money and the use of coins: Part IX. Multiple Meanings: Craft Production and Trade Networks:
    51. The trading commodities
    52. The textiles
    53. Beads
    54. Ivory
    55. Metal artefacts
    56. Organisation of crafts: Part X Shared Faith:
    57. Social base of early Buddhism
    58. The worship of the Stupa and the Relics
    59. Pilgrimage
    60. Ritual and ceremony
    61. Buddhism and maritime activity
    62. Archaeology of monastic sites
    63. Continuity and change: Part XI. Retrospect and Prospect:
    64. In conclusion
    65. Future research strategy.

  • Author

    Himanshu Prabha Ray, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    Himanshu Prabha Ray is Associate Professor at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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