Spice Route Initiative by Kerala Government - Indian Express
March 4, 2011, 6:30:00 PM
The article in the Indian Express talks about the Kerala government's Spice Route Initiative. The initiative to revive the port that was once the pinnacle of Muziris trade was unveiled in the presence of 29 representatives from countries that were on the erstwhile spice circuit. The meeting was organised by the Kerala government along with UNESCO. In addition to restoring Muziris, the initiative makes an effort to document the historical significance of the neighbourhood. For example, about 25 museums and about 75 significant historical sites are suggested for development together. The present-day Kodungallur was long believed to be Muziris; recent archaeological discoveries, however, imply that Pattanam, a region less than 10 kilometres from the Cochin airport, may have been the ancient Muziris. Kerala's then minister of education, M. A. Baby, stated that the heritage project will provide a chance to teach students about Kerala's past. He also added that they have signed an MoU with the School of Archaeology at Oxford University to permit them to use information coming out of Muziris as part of a study.