Largest archaeological excavation underway in Singapore

Excavations at Empress Place, Singapore. Source: Today 20150213

It’s rare to see some archaeology from my home country – right now the largest excavation is underway at Empress Place, right in the middle of downtown Singapore, and over the areas that would have been to original settlement of Singapore. It’s a rescue excavation ahead of some construction in the area and the yield have been quite promising – hopefully they will be displayed to be public at some stage.

Excavations at Empress Place, Singapore. Source: Today 20150213
Excavations at Empress Place, Singapore. Source: Today 20150213

Major archaeological dig underway at Empress Place
The Straits Times, 13 February 2015

Unearthing early treasures
Today, 13 February 2015

A major archaeological dig is underway at Empress Place, with 2m-deep pits dug across a 1,000 sq m area about the size of 10 four-room flats.

So far, ceramics such as a porcelain headless Buddha statue, a clay figurine of what looks like a bird, as well as beads from India have been found. Most of these date back to the 14th century.

They form part of a 400kg haul unearthed by a team from the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies since work started on Feb 2.

– See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/major-archaeological-dig-underway-empress-place-20150213#sthash.7YOO6YTa.dpuf

Both news stories have videos attached to them as well, so check it out here and here.

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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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