Answer in Brief
Provide an account of trade and commerce during the post-Mauryan period in South India.
- Satavahanas also referred to as the Andhras were an ancient dynasty based in the Deccan region.
- They flourished in South India for about 450 years
- They participated in economic expansion through the intensification of agriculture and trade within and beyond the Indian subcontinent.
- The exploitation of sites with mineral resources facilitated commerce and crafts (such as ceramic ware).
- The increased craft production is evident from archaeological discoveries at sites such as Kotalingala as well as epigraphic references to artisans and guilds.
- They controlled the Indian sea coast and as a result, they dominated the growing Indian trade with the Roman Empire.
- The Periplus of the Erythrean sea mentions two important Satavahana trade centers Prathishthana and Tagara.
- Other important urban centers included Kondapur, Banavasi, and Madhavpur.
- Nanaghat was the site of an important pass that linked the Satavahana capital Pratishthana to the sea.
Concept: Archaeological Sources of Post-mauryan Empire
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