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The Archaeology of European Expansion in India: Gujarat, c. 16th-18th Centuries

by Dilip K. Chakrabarti

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Aryan Books International, 2003. First edition. Hardcover. New. 19 x 25 cm. The aim of the fieldwork, on which this book is based, was to explore the possibility of conducting archaeological excavations in Surat where the Europeans including the British were most likely to have left behind the material traces of their presence between 16th and 18th centuries. However, before undertaking such excavations, one should have an understanding of the historical framework within which the relevant archaeological issues can be contextualized. The purpose of this book is to put forward this framework and advance the general concept of `the Archaeology of European Expansion` in South Asian Archaeology. CONTENTS: Preface and Acknowledgements, List of Illustrations , I. Introduction I. Archaeology of European Expansion II. Scope of Research on the Archaeology of European Expansion in India II. Gujarat`s Maritime Trade till c. 1600 I. Traditional Ports and Trade Links of the Gujarat Coast II. The Sequence of Archaeological and Historical Evidence III. Summary of the Argument III. SURAT Introduction: The Purpose of the Chapter and the Sources Used I. A Brief Geographical Sketch II. The Surat Bar and the Navigability of the Tapti up to Surat III. The Communication Lines from Surat to Khandesh, Konkan, Malwa and Rajasthan IV History of Surat and the Surat Area V A Brief History of European `Factories` in Surat VI. Surat`s Trade: Transport, Commodities and Network VII. Surat as a City: The General Picture VIII. The Details of Some Important Localities and Features European Records IX. Some General Observations IV. Broach, Ahmedabad, Cambay, Diu, Daman I. Broach (Bharuch) II. Ahmedabad III. Cambay IV. Diu V. Daman V. CONCLUSIONS, Bibliography, Index Printed Pages: 204.

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