The Lost Emporium Of The World - Motherland Magazine
November 30, 2016 at 6:30:00 PM
The Lost Emporium of the World is an article published by Motherland magazine that gives a detailed account of the projects done as part of the Muziris Heritage Project by Benny Kuriakose and Associates. The article takes us back to a time when the ships of the Roman Empire used to exchange gold for pepper. It discusses the history of the harbour town, which has been mentioned in numerous scriptures and maps. The Pattanam excavation, led by the Kerala Council of Historical Research, reveals remnants left behind beneath the soils, proving that the story of the lost port is no longer a myth. Its history dates back to the time before Vasco da Gama stepped foot on Muziris, where it was already a bustling port.
The article written by Mr. C.M. Nair narrates the story behind the Muziris Heritage Project and how it transformed a myth into reality. He explores how the archaeological excavation opened new possibilities for small towns like Kodungallur and Paravur. The excavation was not just about Kerala but about excavating the memories of all the places that left something behind in Muziris through trade relations and colonisations. It was dealing with world history. Being the largest emporium among the many that dot the coast of Cochin, its history is of utmost importance to people from all over.