Papers in the volume cover the period from the fourth century B.C to fifteenth century A.D and relate to two broad themes archaeological evidence of maritime links and techonological studies of water-crafit involved in trade and communication. This inter-disciplinary dialogue provides fresh insights on early seafaring in the Indian Ocean and questions several existing theories on the subject. The focus on traditions of ship building and invigation for study of maritime contacts emphasises the role of innovation and technological change vis-a-vis tradition and continuity.
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