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September 18 2013

Ancient India’s Southern Ports


Chennai: A coa­s­tal survey is being carried out in Tamil Nadu by a te­am of professors and students, seeking to throw mo­re light on the ancient po­rts in south India, mentio­ned in Greco Roman geographer Ptolemy’s accounts.

The survey is being done by experts, specialising in underwater archaeology of Thanjavur-based Tamil Un­i­versity, in two coastal str­etches- one between Kan­ya­kumari and Rameswa­ram and another between Rameswaram and Poompu­har in Nagapattinam district intends to gather more information from ruins of coastal towns, which are believed to have existed during the Sangam literature era.

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