Indolink: Archaeologists from Southampton University have discovered evidence of a Roman
trade route to southwestern India and what may be the legendary city of
A team of archaeologists from England's Southampton University has only begun
to investigate a site in southwestern India near Kerala. The discovery of
2,000-year-old Roman wine amphorae prove that trade existed in the area and
researchers hope that the find may lead them to the legendary seaport of
So far, much of the pottery from the area is of Asian origin but the handle and
rim of one wine amphora may have traveled from Naples between late in the first
century B.C.E and 79 C.E. when Mt. Vesuvius interrupted trade. It
has been long believed that Romans traded for pepper with the city of Muziris,
but no proof has been found. The new discoveries may bring the long-awaited
evidence to establish the site of the city.
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