Archaeologists dig up wartime battle site in Singapore

Archaeologists in Singapore are excavating a World War II battlefield site which was once the headquarters of a British army regiment. Singapore fell to invading Japanese forces in 1942.

Excavation at Adam Park, Straits Times 20110216

Digging up Adam Park’s war secrets
Straits Times, 15 Feb 2011
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Tigers in the Park: A New Project in Singapore
University of Glasgow Centre for Battlefield Archaeology site

NO. 7 Adam Park now houses a Japanese restaurant but it was once the headquarters of a British regiment helping to defend Singapore in World War II.

Indeed, few know that the 8ha Adam Park estate, at the junction of Adam and Bukit Timah roads, was once the site of fierce fighting and later a prisoner-of-war camp.

This year , its secrets could be unearthed in Singapore’s first battlefield archaeological dig, a year before the 70th anniversary of the fall of Singapore on Feb 15, 2012.

The project is a collaboration between National University of Singapore archaeologists, the Singapore Heritage Society (SHS) and the National Heritage Board (NHB).

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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.

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