Mr. Ritvik Gautam Balvally

Mr. Ritvik Gautam Balvally

Torpedo Jars in Indian Ocean Trade: An Appraisal.

Global Heritage Fund Pre-Doctoral Sariya Fellow, Document Analyst at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History,The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara.

The Small Study and Research Grants (India) was awarded to me when I was in my last year of Post-Graduation. The award helped to visit different places such as Udaipur for my research on Torpedo Jars and also supported my sample preparation cost for the thin-section petrography studies.

My studies on Torpedo Jars helped to understand the clay mineralogy and texture of these. The understanding of the clay would help in determining their provenance and would tell us in the future where these Jars were coming from in West Asia. I did further studies which I presented in the 'The Proto-Globalisation in the Indian Ocean World Conference' held in Oxford, UK.

I also did research on Torpedo Jars and identified other West Asian wares from Vizhinjam, Kerala which will form a part of the Report for the site.