Casa de Polvora – a gun powder factory site, Panelim, Goa, India


The Portuguese rule in Goa, India has left behind a lot of tangible remains in the form of antiquities.  These include religious structures and secular edifices including equipments used for some specific purpose or common house hold articles.  One such site that is of interest to the authors is the Gun Powder Factory at Panelim, similar to one at Barcarena (near Lisbon). Owing to its curious history it finds mention from time to time in many of the reports of Portuguese governors. Gun powder was an important tool used by the Portuguese in Asia to compete for supremacy with their rival European colonizers. The paper will deal with the complete history of the grinder found at the site from its origin up to its present state.

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Casa de Polvora – a gun powder factory site, Panelim, Goa, India. Nizamuddin Taher, Rohini Ambekar, Abhijit Ambekar. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428546)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -28.549; min lat: 32.638 ; max long: -6.19; max lat: 42.151 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 293