Archaeological, Literary and Ethnographic Evidence for Traditional Boat-building in Kerala, South India

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Title

Archaeological, Literary and Ethnographic Evidence for Traditional Boat-building in Kerala, South India

Subject

Session 2
Nautical (Ship and boat) Archaeology of South Asia

Description

Kerala possesses rich maritime traditions dating back to the Early Historic period. A few types of traditional watercrafts developed indigenously and some are influenced by external contacts. Archaeological excavations revealed a medieval sailboat at Kadakkarappally in 2003 and an Early Historic canoe at Pattanam in 2007. The Early Historic Sangam Tamil texts refer to the watercrafts of Kerala. Traditional boat-building still survives in Kerala. This paper presents the evidence for traditional boats in Kerala, their historical context and the possible external influences, until the 15th century Common Era (CE).

Creator

Veerasamy Selvakumar

Date

November 2011

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Veerasamy Selvakumar, “Archaeological, Literary and Ethnographic Evidence for Traditional Boat-building in Kerala, South India,” The MUA Collection, accessed December 15, 2017, http://www.themua.org/collections/items/show/1241.

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