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Talk, 'Watercraft in Early Tamil Literature and Inscriptions', by Dr V Selvakumar explores references to different types of watercraft in Tamil literature and inscriptions.
at 5.30 pm IST on Saturday, June 5, 2021  (talk  in English)

Tamil literature has references to several types of watercraft. Kalam, vanji, ambi, navai are some of the watercraft mentioned in early Tamil texts. From Sangam literature we learn of the range of contexts in which these watercraft were used - long-distance navigation, inland navigation, coastal transport and more. Medieval inscriptions too refer to the use of watercraft for applications like maintaining irrigation tanks and long-distance trade.
 
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Dr.V.Selvakumar is a faculty member in the Department of Maritime History and Marine Archaeology, Tamil University, Thanjavur. Earlier he was a faculty member in the Department of Epigraphy and Archaeology. He completed his doctoral research and post-doctoral research from Deccan College, Pune. He was a faculty member at Centre for Heritage Studies, Tripunithura, Kerala and a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology, Southampton University. His research interests include archaeology of India, prehistory, heritage management, maritime history and archaeology, archaeological theory, heritage management, history of science and technology, Indian Ocean Cultural interactions, and ecocriticism.
 
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