POSTPONED Ports and Power: Patterns of Trade at a South Indian Capital

3 March 2011, 12:00 - 13:30

CRASSH Seminar Room

Owing to the presenter's fieldwork commitments, this event will be rescheduled for another date later this year - please contact Anne Alexander (raa43 @ cam.ac.uk) for more information. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Dr Robert Harding presents his work at the CRASSH Postdoctoral Research Seminar Series.

A light buffet lunch will be provided. All welcome, but please email Dr Anne Alexander to reserve a place (raa43 @ cam.ac.uk).

Abstract

The Malabar Coast of India (modern Kerala) has for millennia been crucial to the trading networks of the Indian Ocean. Ports in other regions of the ocean rim have been excavated; however it is only in recent years that archaeology in India has begun to add to the sketchy textual record. The village of Vilinjam, once the capital of an important kingdom, shows how geography, trade and state formation were intimately linked in the ancient
and medieval periods.