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Archaeology of Seafaring in Ancient South Asia (Himanshu Prabha Ray) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2003) 9780521804554
Archaeology of Seafaring in Ancient South Asia (Himanshu Prabha Ray) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2003) 9780521804554
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Title: The Archaeology of Seafaring in Ancient South Asia

Author: Ray, Himanshu Prabha

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2003

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521804554

Volumes: 1; Pages: 350

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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.ContentsPart I. Historiography and the Maritime Landscape1. The perspective2. Historiography3. The maritime landscape4. Geographical knowledge of the Indian Ocean in antiquityPart II. Fishing and Sailing Communities: Cross-Cultural Contacts5. Marine and coastal resources6. Maritime communities7. Boat nomads; 8. Piracy9. Fishing communities: the historical record10. Sailing communitiesPart III. La Longue Dure: Transportation; Boat-Building Technology and Navigation11. Archaeology of the boat12. The stitched tradition13. Early European response14. The ethnographic evidence15. Boat-building centres16. Traditional navigation17. Ownership of vessels18. Organisation of shipping19. Organisation of shipping; 20. Innovation and change21. Repair and maintenance22. Chronology of disjunctionPart IV. Maritime Trade Networks: The Beginnings (third-second millenia B.C.E)23. Mesopotamian contacts24. The Persian Gulf and early maritime networks25. The Harappan civilization26. The maritime regions of the Harappans27. Networks of trade: internal28. Transition and changePart V. Regional Integration: (late second--first millennium B.C.E)29. The Persian Gulf30. Socotra31. Peninsular India32. Sri Lanka33. Southeast AsiaPart VI. Consolidation of Political Structure34. The setting35. Political concepts in early Buddhism: theory and practice36. Satavahanas and their successors37. Alliance as political strategy38. The early policies in Sri Lanka39. Political developments in early Southeast Asia40. Royalty and ritualPart VII. The Greeks: Adventurers, Traders and Travellers41. The explorers42. Hellenistic settlements43. The Nabataeans, Sabeans and Gerrhaeans44. The maritime network45. Christian communitiesPart VIII. Merchant Lineage and the Guild46. Merchant communities and interaction with the state47. Organisation of inland trade48. The Indian Ocean network49. Foreigners and trade networks50. Money and the use of coinsPart IX. Multiple Meanings: Craft Production and Trade Networks51. The trading commodities52. The textiles53. Beads54. Ivory55. Metal artefacts56. Organisation of craftsPart X Shared Faith57. Social base of early Buddhism58. The worship of the Stupa and the Relics59. Pilgrimage60. Ritual and ceremony61. Buddhism and maritime activity62. Archaeology of monastic sites63. Continuity and changePart XI. Retrospect and Prospect64. In conclusion65. Future research strategy.Review"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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