Grapnel Stone Anchors from Saurashtra: Remnants of Indo-Arab Trade on the Indian Coast

By A.S. Gaur, Sundaresh and Sila Tripati, published May 2004


Medieval stone grapnel anchors on the coast of Gujarat on the Arabian Sea were investigated from 1991 to 2001. These stone anchors probably originated between the eight and fourteenth centuries AD during an upsurge of Arab maritime activity starting in the second century AD which ended gradually after the arrival of the Portuguese. Generally long and oblong in shape with holes for a rode, the anchors required little space in a vessel. Drawings show basalt and limestone anchors documented in three locations and tables give dimensions.

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Filed under: Early Middle Ages | Late Middle Ages | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Archaeology

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