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Guest Lecture

Guest Lecture – Ariane de Saxcé – South Asia

CERES Palais, room "Cordoba" (3.06)


Recent excavations and surveys in the Jaffna peninsula (Sri Lanka): insights on trade and religious networks in the Indian Ocean

Among the four major ancient archaeological sites in Sri Lanka – Anuradhapura, Mantai, Tissamaharama, and Kantarodai, respectively the main capital and its port, the capital of the Southern kingdom of Ruhuna and the capital of the North – the city of Kantarodai has received less attention due to the prevailing civil war in the Northern province between 1984 and 2009. Recently (2011, 2018-2019 and 2023), excavations and surveys have yielded new evidence showing the importance of the city in local and long-distance trade networks. The results of this research will be presented here, in the broader context of the Indian Ocean exchanges.

Affiliated Persons

Photograph of Dr. Serena Autiero

Dr. Serena Autiero


Universitätsstr. 90a
44789  Bochum
Office 2.15
+49 234 32-21975
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Prof. Dr. Jessie Pons


Universitätsstr. 90a
44789  Bochum
Office 1.04
+49 234 32-22955