Tamil University, Thanjavur

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Department of Maritime History & Marine Archaeology


Department of Maritime History & Marine Archaeology

The main purpose of this unique Department is to explore the submerged ancient ports of Tamil Nadu, retrieving the ancient shipwrecks besides undertaking the study of metal and stone anchors, traditional navigation systems, boat building technology and of the art of traditional pearl and chank diving.

Courses offered

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


=> To explore the submerged and partially submerged ancient port cities in Tamil Nadu Coast.
=> To explore, retrieve and preserve the ancient Shipwrecks.
=> To find and salvage ancient stone and metal anchors to study the boat and ship parameters.
=> To study the traditional navigation system.
=> To study the traditional boat building technology.
=> To delineate the ancient coast lines from the archaeological evidences.
=> To study the culture and science of traditional pearl and chank diving.


=> The department has organized 15 seminars, workshops and refresher courses
=> The faculty members of the department have completed 5 research projects
=> The faculty members have published 30 books


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