The Arikamedu Type 10 Project:

Mapping Early Historic Networks in South Asia and Beyond

  The Project  

This project aims to investigate the nature of ancient networks of communication utilising a single, but highly diagnostic ceramic type, Arikamedu Type 10, through the study of its stylistic attributes and their spatial and chronological variants.

This is an innovative program of research as the study of Arikamedu Type 10 has been overshadowed by a scholarly focus on Rouletted Ware (Arikamedu Type 1) following Sir Mortimer Wheeler's observation that the latter's 'pattern was not of Indian feature and may be regarded as an importation from the Mediterranean region' (Wheeler et al: 1946). His comments sparked a debate which continues today.

Whilst some scholars might consider a study of stylistic attributes a rather traditional method of investigation, it should be noted that various types of scientific provenancing (ranging from thin-sections to ICP-AES) have failed due to the geological consistency of Peninsular India and Sri Lanka (Krishnan and Coningham 1997; Ford et al (2005).

This project will archive a definitive record of located Arikamedu Type 10 sherds in the form of a gazetteer which will be updated as new sherds are located, an extract of which is available on this website. The project team are also interested in hearing from organisations with Arikamedu Type 10 in their own collections and are willing to participate, please see the contact details page for information. All the photographs on this website are by Robin Coningham, and the Special Find Numbers relate to those published in the ASW 2 excavation report (Coningham 2006).


Photos: Coningham