Arikamedu an Indo-Roman Trade City in Pondicherry
v Arikamedu is an archaeological site near Pondicherry, southern India. Now Arikamedu is a part of Ariyankuppam Commune.
v Romans came here to trade in the 1st Century AD.
v Arikamedu was excavated three times in the 1940s. The first excavation was an amateur French endeavor. R.E.M. Wheeler who identified Indo-roman trading station.
v Arikamedu was a Tamil fishing village which was formerly a major Chola port.
v Arikamedu was an important bead making centre.
v Arikamedu was first occupied well before the Romans in the 2nd century BC, Arikamedu was the capital of the Mauryan Empire.
v Arikamedu is situated on the bank of river Ariankuppam, formerly known as River Sankaraparani.
v Arikamedu became the place of maritime commerce.
v It was become an important port, exporting textile, glass, gems, shell bangles were exported.
v Wines, Olive oils and other items were imported from Arikamedu.
v Arikamedu was identified with the emporium Poduke of Periplus Maris Erythraei by G. Jouveau-Dubreuil.
v All the excavations confirmed the existence of a port with brick structures dating from early Christian era, which has close trade connections with the west. The Indian artifacts from Red Sea ports in Egypt and Sembiran in Bali island of Indonesia are now established a fact that Arikamedu was center of ancient overseas trade that run east and west.
v Between 1941 and 1944, a small-scale excavations were undertaken by French Scholars. They plotted two grids oriented north south, for what were then considered to be the important areas for the excavations
v Beginning around 1980 Vimala Begley of the University of Pennsylvania became interested in the ceramics of Arikamedu and invented industrial base and chronological data.
v Tourists must visit Arikamedu to learn the historical importance of the site.
v Arikamedu is an archeological site, a great attraction for the tourists. Now tourists can see only the perpendicular walls and a mission house. For more information about Arikamedu and its historical importance, tourists could visit the Pondicherry Museum.