In Search Of Muziris - Biggest Archaeological Dig of India
August 29, 2015, 6:30:00 PM
"Muziris is believed to have been that place where the oceanic cross-currents brought in a particular kind of syncretism, fuelled by the spice trade to become an crucial centre of the now-famous spice route. The Muziris Heritage Protect, also known as the 'Pattanam excavations', that began in 2007, has found conclusive evidence of what was once a flourishing trade port on the spice route. The Muziris Heritage Project is one of India's biggest archaeological digs, and its significance is more profound than its historical or archaeological value.
This part of Kerala is where different cultures and religions mix with each other to give India its first churches, mosques and synagogues. The three-phase project is expected to showcase museums, and historical and religious sites. The first phase is expected to be inaugurated before the year ends. So whether it brings in travellers following wanderlust and history or whether it draws pilgrims and boosts religious tourism is a matter of fine print. The significance, symbolism and scope of The Muziris heritage project is far greater than simply reviving history as it highlights the very composite culture of tolerance and integration that gives not just Kerala but all of India its place in the world."