Boats of South Asia

Boats of South Asia

Boats of South Asia

Boats of South Asia

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The continued support of the Society for South Asian Studies is gratefully acknowledged. We are especially indebted to Dr David MacDowall, Chairman of the Society for most of the period of our research grant, who suggested that we should write this monograph. We are also most grateful to Dr Bridget Allchin, former Editor of South Asian Studies, for her guidance, and to Sir Oliver Forster, former Treasurer of the Society, for his advice.

We are also grateful for travel grants from the Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton, throughout the five years, and from the National Maritime Museum during the earlier years.

Dr Basil Greenhill, Director of the National Maritime Museum from 1967 to 1983, pioneered fieldwork in Bangladesh in the 1950s. We are particularly grateful to him for discussions over many years on all aspects of the research described in this book and for his recent invaluable advice on Bangladesh boats, reverse-clinker planking and hulc planking patterns. We have benefited also from discussions on aspects of our research with Dr John Coates, Dr Arne-Emil Christensen, Dr Brad Loeven and Richard Barker.

Dr Brian Durrans and Dr Richard Blurton facilitated the study of Indian hide boats in the British Museum's Department of Ethnography. Information on a Bangladesh model of a khelma reverse-clinker boat was kindly made available by Peter FitzGerald of the Science Museum and Dr Graham Parlett of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Dr Lotika Varadarajan of the National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS) first kindled enthusiasm for work in the subcontinent when she visited the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford, in 1993. Dr Himanshu Ray of the Centre for Historical Studies, Jahawaral Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, introduced us to NISTADS and to the London-based Society for South Asian Studies, and considerably facilitated our first season of fieldwork in Orissa. Umakant Mishra, a post-graduate student at JNU, was our guide and interpreter during that fieldwork and made a significant contribution to the resulting publication (South Asian Studies 13:189-207). Professor Victor Rajamanickam, Head of the Department of Earth Sciences at Tamil University, Thanjavur, who

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