We rarely look at the ground when we walk as our gaze is fixed on the horizon. But there’s history underfoot wherever we go. In northern Malaysia’s Kedah, though, you can hardly miss it. The ground seems literally stuffed with pottery shards and seashell fragments. If you’re particularly lucky you might even stumble across a bronze idol, generally of Hindu and Buddhist origin.  What these relics and artifacts tell us is a story of long ago and far away across the waters, from as far