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On Muziris Heritage Site - BBC Documentary

March 31, 2010 at 6:30:00 PM

"In the video clip on Muziris by BBC in their Youtube series titled ""The Story of India"", the history of Muziris is unveiled.

There were 40 or 50 ports trading with Rome on the west coast of India. The greatest was called Muziris,the first Emporium of India, as the Roman geographers called it. Everyone came here. The Apostle Thomas is supposed to have landed here in AD 50. The Syrian Christians have been here ever since. All the religions came here peacefully and stayed on the banks of the Periyar river. But Muziris itself had disappeared until now.''

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In 2005, the site of Muziris was found a mile or two inland under a tangle of pepper vines and banana trees. The clues which led the archaeologists here were Roman coins,beads, glass and broken pottery dug up by the local people in their gardens. In their conversation, they mention that Amphora was used for importing wine and also to smooth some excellent olive oil and a kind of fish sauce called garam. In the temple here at Muziris, there was a statue of the emperor Augustus.

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