Jonathan R. Walz Delivers Paper at Conference on Indian Ocean Heritage

November 07, 2011

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology Jonathan R. Walz recently delivered an invited paper at a conference on Indian Ocean Heritage in Saint Denis, Reunion (an island territory of France). His talk examined archaeological clues to the origins of cosmopolitanism in the Indian Ocean during the first millennium CE. Walz and his co-author, Sunil Gupta, stressed three cases: Roman influences on ceramics found at ports in the north Arabian Sea, the rise of Islamic Swahili city-states on the East African coast, and Indic influences on Southeast Asian religious practices in Thailand and Indonesia.