The Far East, Southeast and South Asia: Indo-Pacific Beads from Yayoi Tombs as Indicators of Early Maritime Exchange

@article{Katsuhiko2000TheFE,
  title={The Far East, Southeast and South Asia: Indo-Pacific Beads from Yayoi Tombs as Indicators of Early Maritime Exchange},
  author={Ogasawara Katsuhiko and Sunil Kumar Gupta},
  journal={South Asian Studies},
  year={2000},
  volume={16},
  pages={73 - 88}
}
An artefactual signature of early long distance trade in the Indian Ocean is observed in the distribution of IndoPacific beads. These are a class of glass microbead, appearing in lands as far apart as South Africa and Japan and strung along a continuum from the 3rd century BC to the 14th century AD (Francis 1988-89,1990). Available evidence shows that the microbeads were first produced at the southern Indian site of Arikamedu in the 3rd-2nd century BC, and similar production centres emerged in… 
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