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The earliest recorded history of Puducherry can be traced to the 2nd century CE. The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea mentions a marketplace named Poduke (ch. 60), which G. W. Bowerbank believed was located in Puducherry, and also reported that it was a center for pearl fishery along with Kollam and Mangalore; this is confirmed by archaeological studies conducted by Iravatham Mahadevan during 1978–79, which suggest this location as a center for pearl trade from ancient times until around 1500 CE..