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Keywords:

  • dhow;
  • Arabia;
  • Persia;
  • India

The western-Indian-Ocean ship-types known as baghlas, ghanjas and kotias, and previously thought to have been differentiated only by detail of decoration, are shown to have significant morphological and structural differences. Some of those differences are attributed to the different technologies or traditions of shipbuilding found in Arabia, Persia and India.

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