India and Portugal has decided to cooperate in the setting up of a national maritime heritage museum at Lothal in Gujarat.
The project is being implemented by the Ministry of Shipping through its Sagarmala programme with the involvement of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI),the State government and other stakeholders.
Further,the Indian Navy is keen to be a stakeholder in the project and the Portuguese Navy has agreed to assist with their experience of administering the maritime museum in Lisbon.
The museum will showcase and preserve India’s rich and diverse maritime heritage.It will display objects relating to ships and travel on large bodies of water.
The museum also intends to highlight the ancient shipbuilding and navigational technologies developed by India.
Lothal is an ancient Indus valley site.Lothal was a vital and thriving trade centre in ancient times with its trade of beads, gems and valuable ornaments reaching the far corners of West Asia and Africa.
The techniques and tools they pioneered for bead-making and metallurgy have stood the test of time for over 4000 years.
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