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Unravelling history

Unravelling history
National Museum is currently hosting an exhibition titled Unearthing Pattanam: Histories, Cultures, Crossings. Curated by PJ Cherian, Director, Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR) the exhibition showcases the finds from the excavations at the site of Pattanam in Kerala.

A two-day international seminar on The Making of the Indian Subcontinent: Indian Ocean Perspective is also organised that commenced on January 7. The seminar was in collaboration with KCHR, National Museum Institute and National Museum.

The seminar discusses the trade network and the archaeological evidences from the contemporary sites of Pattanam. It will throw light on the transformation of Indian Ocean into a bustling trade network in the early historic period.

The seminar was inaugurated by the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India Prof. Sudharshan Seneviratne at National Museum Auditorium.

The transformation of Indian Ocean into a thriving trade network in the early historic period and its archaeological evidences from the contemporary sites of Pattanam in Kerala come up for deliberations at this two-day international seminar.

The conclave is also collaborating with Project Mausam of the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. The recent excavation report of Pattanam was also released by Romila Thapar on the occasion.

Venu Vasudevan, Director General of the museum, said the role of the commercial network that transformed the Indian Ocean into a trading lake in the early historic period would be the central theme of the brainstorming meet.

The seminar will provide an opportunity to engage with the archaeological evidence from five contemporary sites of Pattanam, considered to be the Indo-Roman port of Muciri Pattanam or Muziris, 22 km north of Kochi.

The Pattanam excavations have made the world stumble upon a plethora of archaeological evidences on the south western coast of India, demanding new perspectives on Indian Ocean exchanges and the making of the Indian Sub-continent.

Rakesh Tiwari, Director General, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), gave an insight on Project Mausam.

The basic  objective is to understand how the knowledge and manipulation of the monsoon winds has shaped interactions across the Indian Ocean.

It also gives an insight to how it led to the spread of shared knowledge systems, traditions, technologies and ideas along maritime routes.
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