Roman contacts with Tamilnadu (South Eastern India) – recent findings

In the 20th century, excavations provided new information on the contacts between the Roman Empire and ancient India. Roman artefacts, such as pottery, textiles and jewellery, were found in various sites along the Coromandel coast as well as in the hinterland in Southeast India. These sites formed part of a vast trading network on the land and on the sea. Ships from the Roman Empire usually sailed to the Indian West coast and the goods they brought were then transported to the East coast on Indian vessels or via the land route. Numismatic and other archaeological evidence suggests that trade relations between India and the Mediterranean might have started in pre-Roman times and continued during the Byzantine period.

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  • Author(s):
    K.V. Raman
    2nd century BCE to 5th century CE
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    UNESCO Maritime Silk Roads Expedition, Madras Conference “India and the Roman world between 1st and 4th Century A.D.”, “India’s Cultural Relationship with East and Southeast Asia during the 4th to 13th Century A.D." 19-24 December 1990. Madras, India.

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