Muziris Heritage Project - Dr. Thomas Isaac - India Today
February 12, 2013, 6:30:00 PM
"The Malayalam article in India today is by Dr Thomas Isaac. He discusses the historical evolution of the project and elaborates the concepts behind it. When he served as the Kerala government's finance minister, he started the project. The preservation of Muziris' cultural history might be a chance for informal education, which is what drives him to pursue these projects.
An excavation was conducted in Pattanam under the direction of PJ Cherian, Director, Kerala Historical Research Council. Young archaeologists like Selva Kumar and Shajan have advanced the argument that Muziris could be the area called Pattanam near Paravur. An impressive collection of Roman, Arabic, and Chinese pottery sherds and other remains were discovered in the early stages. This excavation is still going on. Although it cannot be asserted that Musiris was there, the civilization dates back to 1000 years before Christ.
A unique feature of the Muziris Heritage Conservation Project is that it incorporates not only the forts and buildings, but also the natural beauty, lifestyle, and culture. It is not a tourism project. It is a heritage conservation project. Tourism is an adjunct to heritage conservation.
UNESCO has initiated a Spices Route on the model of the famous Silk Route, connecting more than 30 countries with Muziris as the center. As Muziris is recognised as a hub for cultural and economic exchanges in the East and West, the face of tourism in Kerala will change.