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Sewn Planks and Clenched Nails: Shipbuilders of the Indian Ocean Read more at
11/10/2018 9:00am - 12/12/2018 5:00pm
Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter
Sewn watercraft were predominant in the Indian Ocean until the arrival of the Europeans in the late 15th century. The sewn-plank ships that sailed the Indian Ocean in the pre-modern Islamicperiod (622-1500 CE) were agents of trade, religion, and culture. They connected the Indian Ocean and the litteral Islamic world, carrying people, goods, and ideas back and forth from East Africa to China. Exhibition by Alessandro Ghidoni