Ancient wall found beneath Malacca

30 November – 3 December (Various news sources, see below) – The news broke while I was bedridden with a particularly nasty fever, which explains the flurry of updates today. An piece of wall dated to Dutch Malacca was unearthed while work was underway for a controversial revolving tower in the historic city center. Here’s the news as it broke:

New Straits Times, 2 Dec 2006

30 November 2006 (The Star) – Ancient wall find halts tower work
1 December 2006 (The Star) – Blocks similar to earlier find
1 December 2006 (New Straits Times) – Excavation for Malacca tower project unearths ruins of Dutch fort
1 December 2006 (Bernama) – Survey tower site possible Dutch fort
2 December 2006 (The Star) – Digging deep to verify Malacca wall status
2 December 2006 (New Straits Times) – Ancient wall most likely part of a Dutch fort
3 December 2006 (The Star) – Mohd Khalil visits site of ancient wall
3 December 2006 (Bernama) – Ancient wall discovery needs further study, says Rais

Strangely enough, I was just in Malacca last weekend. The city is certainly very historical, and there’s a lot of living heritage present as well. For now, the work on the tower has been suspended for a couple of weeks while archaeologists try to ascertain the structure the wall belongs to. The unearthed structure is believed to be part of a Dutch fort and may date between 1641 and 1824.

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The Malay Sultanates 1400-1700 (The Encyclopedia of Malaysia)

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

4 thoughts on “Ancient wall found beneath Malacca”

  1. The links to these articles are no longer valid. However, on http://nieuws.maleisie.be/ all these articles can be found as they appeared in The Star, NST and Bernama.

    The site is in Dutch, but can easily be navigated, you can enter the title of the article in the sites search box (zoeken) or look via the avaiable archives (archief/archieven) where you can search by date and/or headline. Also convenient, articles in the English language are tagged [EN] and can therefore easily be spotted.

    Hope this helps to keep your readers happy!

  2. No problem!

    Thanks for the compliment.

    Over the next few months the amount of English articles will be increased with new but also older articles. Do feel free to link to http://www.maleisie.be whenever you spot something you like. Articles will remain available and free to access at all times (not the case with most Malaysian media).

    Btw, you have a very informative site here, I’ve bookmarked it earlier and I will be visiting again soon!

  3. Just so your readers know, English articles on http://nieuws.maleisie.be/ which you can find here in a previous post, can now be found using the “English articles” link underneath each index page. to find it, just click on one of the years on the main page and scroll down to the bottom of the list with Dutch articles. It seems they are working on an english version of this site, so with some luck this site will be available in English soon which would make navigating it a little easier. It’s a good source for information on Malaysia, well worth a visit IMHO.

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