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Spice and rice: Pepper, cloves and everyday cereal foods at the ancient port of Mantai, Sri Lanka

Kingwell-Banham, E; Bohingamuwa, W; Perera, N; Adikari, G; Crowther, A; Fuller, DQ; Boivin, N; (2018) Spice and rice: Pepper, cloves and everyday cereal foods at the ancient port of Mantai, Sri Lanka. Antiquity , 92 (366) pp. 1478-1491. 10.15184/aqy.2018.168. Green open access

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Abstract

Lying on the north-west coast of Sri Lanka, the ancient port of Mantai was ideally situated as a 'hub' for trade between East and West from the first millennium BC onwards. Excavations at the site were interrupted by civil war in 1984, delaying publication of these results and leading to the underestimation of Mantai's importance in the development of Early Historic Indian Ocean trade. Renewed excavations in 2009-2010 yielded extensive archaeobotanical remains, which, alongside an improved understanding of the site's chronology, provide important new insights into the development of local and regional trade routes and direct evidence for early trade in the valuable spices upon which later empires were founded.

Type: Article
Title: Spice and rice: Pepper, cloves and everyday cereal foods at the ancient port of Mantai, Sri Lanka
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2018.168
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2018.168
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10068087
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