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Arikamedu is an archaeological site near Pondicherry, southern India, where Mortimer Wheeler conducted his best-known excavation in the 1940s. According to Wheeler, Arikamedu was a Tamil fishing village which was formerly a major Chola port dedicated to bead making and trading with Roman traders. It flourished for centuries until the Romans left. Various Roman artifacts, such as a large number of amphorae bearing the mark of Roman potter schools VIBII, CAMURI and ITTA, have been found at the site, supporting the view on an ancient trade between Rome and the ancient Tamil country of present day south India. Now Arikamedu is a part of Ariyankuppam Commune. Arikamedu was an important bead making centre.

See also


  • R.E. Mortimer Wheeler, My Archaeological Mission to India and Pakistan, Thames and Hudson, London, 1976. ISBN 0-500-05028-7

External links

  • on the website of Government of Pondicherry

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