From the BBC:
Archaeologists working on India‘s south-west coast believe they may have solved the mystery of the location of a major port which was key to trade between India and the Roman Empire – Muziris, in the modern-day state of Kerala.
For many years, people have been in search of the almost mythical port, known as Vanchi to locals.
Much-recorded in Roman times, Muziris was a major centre for trade between Rome and southern India – but appeared to have simply disappeared.
Now, however, an investigation by two archaeologists – KP Shajan and V Selvakumar – has placed the ancient port as having existed where the small town of Pattanam now stands, on India’s south-west Malabar coast.
“It is the first time these remains have been found on this coast,” Dr Sharjan told BBC World Service’s Discovery programme.
“We believe it could be Muziris.”
Pattanam is the only site in the region to produce architectural features and material contemporary to the period.
“No other site in India has yielded this much archaeological evidence,” said Dr Roberta Tomba, of the British Museum.
“We knew it was very important, and we knew if we could find it, there should be Roman and other Western artefacts there – but we hadn’t been able to locate it on the ground.”
Muziris is located on a river, distant from Tindis – by river and sea, 500 stadia; and by river from the shore, 20 stadia
Roman description of the location of Muziris