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Stone anchor found off Indian coast

An ancient stone anchor has been found Gulf of Kutch in northwestern India and is now giving researchers new clues into Indo-Arab trade.

“Ancient stone anchors serve to understand maritime contacts of India with other parts of the world… Arabs sailed the Indian Ocean and used the type of anchors under study since the 9th century. Indo-Arabian type stone anchors have been reported from the western Indian Ocean countries, namely east Africa, India, Arabian Gulf countries and Sri lanka, suggesting close maritime contacts and trade relations among these countries.

“The ports in the Gulf of Kachchh have contributed significantly to maritime trade since ancient times, and such trade was extensive between Gujarat and the Arab world even during the medieval period,” the study reported.

The antique broke into two pieces while being retrieved.

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Story: IANS | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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