Brunei opens archaeological park

We don’t get much archaeology news from Brunei, so this piece is a treat: the country has opened an archaeological park that shows the history and archaeology of the Kota Batu site, the site of a 700-year-old settlement.

Source: AsiaOne 20150812
Source: AsiaOne 20150812

700-year-old artefacts on display at Brunei’s new archaeological park
ANN, via AsiaOne.com, 12 August 2015

Members of the public can now learn about the history of 700-year-old artefacts that were left behind from the ancient city of Kota Batu at the newly-launched Archaeological Park.

The 120-acre park has an exhibition that showcases ancient objects found at Kota Batu archaeological site around 1950.

The exhibited artefacts included stone carvings, pottery, ceramics and ancient coins. A 2.9km walkway was also built at the park for sightseeing.

Full story here.

Do stone buildings equal to 'advanced civilisation'?

I’m not quite sure what a news story is trying to say when, after looking at remains from the past, they declare that the ancient people had a higher level of civilisation than previously thought. This story seems to suggest that since the ancient (well, not that since it’s dated to about 14-17th C) people at Kota Batu new how to construct buildings with stones, they were an ‘advanced civilisation’. It’s probably an oversimplication of the idea that monumental architecture equals complex societies equals ‘civilisation’ – but I’d argue that the reverse is not true. The absence of monumental architecture may not necessarily mean that that a complex societal structure or ‘civilisation’ existed.

Kota Batu artefacts, Bru Direct 20110120

Kota Batu Archaeological Site Tells Of Brunei’s Advanced Civilisation
Bru Direct, 20 January 2011
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Brunei to open archaeological park

Brunei’s Department of Museums announces its intention to set up an archaeological park over the ancient capital of Brunei, Kota Batu. Recent archaeological works have revealed the presence of ceramics and the remains of defensive structures.

Artifacts from Kota Batu, Brunei. 28 November 2010, Brudirect.com

Old Kota Batu Gate, Other Artefacts Found
Brudirect.com, 28 November 2010

Archaeological Park To Open In Kota Batu
Brudirect.com, 28 November 2010

Archaeological Park to open in Kota Batu
Borneo Bulletin, 28 November 2010
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Earl of Cranbrook delivers lecture on Borneo zooarchaeology at UBD

Zoologist and environmental biologist the Earl of Cranbrook recently delivered a lecture to students at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Lord Cranbrook was also on Borneo to present on the same topic at the recent Borneo archaeology seminar in Miri.

UBD Students Gain Insight On Zooarchaeology In Borneo
BruDirect.com, 03 November 2010
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Malaysian state offers expertise to Brunei in listing World Heritage Sites

Th Chief Minister of the state of Malacca has offered help to Brunei for UNESCO World Heritage listing. Malacca, along with Georgetown in Penang were jointly named World Heritage Sites in 2008.

Melaka Offers Aid In Listing Brunei Heritage Sites
04 May 2010
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The start-of-year linkdump

Hope everyone’s been having a happy new year! I’ll start of the first post of the year with yet another linkdump covering all the news stories from the last three weeks. This past December’s been an extremely hectic one with lots of travel to see family and friends, hence my inability to provide updates at regular intervals. I’m back in front of the desktop now, finishing the final stretch of the thesis. News updates should be back to the regular schedule again.

 

 

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Documentary to highlight 1,000-year-old relations between Brunei and China

A special documentary programme is being produced to showcase Brunei’s long history with China, through archaeological evidence from the 10th century Sungei Limau Manis site containing Song Dynasty artefacts, the shipwreck at Tanjung Simpang Mengkayauas well as the many ancient Chinese-Muslim graves in Brunei.

1,000 Years Of Brunei-China Ties To Be Documented
BruDirect, 21 May 2009

RTB To Film Documentary 7 On Brunei-China History
BruDirect, 21 May 2009
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