- All of them suggest that Hatab might well be the ancient trading centre, referred to as ?Ashtakapra? in the ancient Greek work ?Periplus? and which also finds a mention in historical records of ancient geographer and eminent astronomer Ptolemy,? says ASI superintending archaeologist and director of excavations, Shubhra Pramanik.
- The city has been recorded in history as a flourishing port in the 2nd, 5th and 6th Century AD