In what is seen as an attempt to extend the country’s reach, China has offered help with detecting shipwrecks along Sri Lanka’s coastline. Sri Lanka would have been an important stop along the maritime silk route in ancient times.
China offers S.Lanka help to find Silk Route wrecks
AFP, via MSN News, 18 January 2012
A three-year studentship is being offered for people interested in the prehistory of the Indian Ocean in the SEALINKS project in the UK. The long term research project is led by Dr. Nicole Boivin of the University of Cambridge. Closing date is April 17.
Find out more about the studentship here.
About the project:
The SEALINKS Project is a new project that aims to better understand the origins and development of early seafaring activity in the Indian Ocean. Its aim is to tackle the complex and sometimes elusive prehistory of the Indian Ocean through a multidisciplinary approach that encourages scholars from fields as different as archaeology, historical linguistics, molecular genetics, and anthropology to work together in an integrated fashion. The project will employ this multidisciplinary approach in order to understand the role that early seafaring played in transforming the people and environments of the Indian Ocean. The movement of plants, animals, people, things and ideas â€“ often by small-scale societies and traders â€“ bridged distant continents, and had long-term impacts not only on societies, but also technologies, landscapes, agricultural regimes, and regional biodiversity.