Archaeology of Trade in the Western Indian Ocean, 300 BC–AD 700

  title={Archaeology of Trade in the Western Indian Ocean, 300 BC–AD 700},
  author={Eivind Heldaas Seland},
  journal={Journal of Archaeological Research},
  • E. Seland
  • Published 2 April 2014
  • History
  • Journal of Archaeological Research
In the millennium after 300 BC, the western Indian Ocean emerged as a main hub of Old World exchange. Study of this commerce long depended on separate regional archaeologies and a handful of literary sources with Western/Roman bias. A recent surge in scholarly interest has led to a vast increase in data that has fostered a more balanced understanding of the commercial, human, and material aspects of ancient Indian Ocean trade. This review summarizes recent research on the topic and assesses its… 

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