Renowned historian M. G. S. Narayanan on Saturday flayed attempts to commercialise the Pattanam excavations in the name of Muziris heritage conservation project and called on the authorities to adopt a scientific approach towards the findings from the site.
Inaugurating a seminar on Muziris and Historical heritage, conducted as part of the ongoing tourism festival in North Paravur, he also upheld the need for collecting sufficient evidence before proclaiming the site as the ancient port town of Muziris.
“The excavations held so far have been authentic in nature but we are yet to obtain any benchmark coins to confirm the incidence of Greek and Roman arrivals'', he pointed out.
According to him, there is a deliberate move by the vested interests to keep away the major institutions in the area including the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) from the developments taking place at the site.
“More clarity should be brought to the study on Muziris and for that, we need an expert archaeologist to lead the studies,” he said.
Underlining the need for having a scientific approach towards the study of Muziris, the former chairman of Indian Council for Historical research also urged the Government to utilize the expertise and resources of the ASI to bring in credibility to the research programme.
“The Janapada of Muchiri or Muziris, which holds a mention in the classical Sangha literature in Tamil, is an important site as far as ancient Indian history is concerned. The excavations in the Pattanam area should be done keeping only this mind and not to establish one's prejudices,” he stated.
Speaking on the occasion, National Museum Archaeology Protection Department head M V Nair elaborated on the need to incorporate scientific analysis in the excavations at Pattanam to develop it into ideal conservation project. Writer Sethu presided over the event.