Empress Place excavation wraps up

Finds from the Empress Place excavation in Singapore. Source: Today 20150416

The excavations at Singapore’s Empress Place wraps up over last weekend, and the excavation team gave a press conference to show some of the major finds.

Finds from the Empress Place excavation in Singapore. Source: Today 20150416
Finds from the Empress Place excavation in Singapore. Source: Today 20150416

‘Excavation jackpot’ at Empress Place archaeological dig
Today, 16 April 2015

Empress Place dig turns up proof suggesting ancient Temasek had an established chief
Straits Times, 16 April 2015
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Singapore’s biggest archeology dig has unearthed an estimated two tonnes of artefacts, the country’s largest haul ever, the National Heritage Board (NHB) said today (April 16).

The two-month project at Empress Place, in front of the Victoria Concert Hall, wrapped up last Sunday.

It’s an “excavation jackpot”, said Mr Alvin Tan, assistant chief executive officer for Policy and Development at the NHB, with some pieces dating back to the 13th Century.

Some of the more significant artefacts uncovered, he said, will be put on display in museums once cataloguing and research work has been completed.

Full story 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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