Singapore student makes rare find in Cambodia

via Straits Times, 28 August 2017: A Singaporean spin on the recent, very successful, A+, ISEAS field school at Tonle Sngout.

Singapore student makes rare find in Cambodia

Source: Singapore student makes rare find in Cambodia, Singapore News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

See Angkor Wat and Borobudur in Lego

via Channel NewsAsia, 27 July 2017: A new exhibition in Singapore features Lego versions of World Heritage Sites, including Southeast Asian ones like Angkor Wat, Borobudur and the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Brick by brick: New Lego exhibition gathers together World Heritage Sites

Source: Brick by brick: New Lego exhibition gathers together World Heritage Sites – Channel NewsAsia

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[Lecture] Tantrism and State Formation in Southeast Asia

Readers in Singapore may be interested in this lecture by Andrea Ancri at the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre on 14 August 2017.

Tantrism and State Formation in Southeast Asia

The socio-religious phenomenon we now call “Tantrism” dominated the religious and ritual life in much of South and Southeast Asia from around 500 CE to 1500 CE and beyond. Yet, the impact of Śaiva and Buddhist Tantric traditions on the societies and cultures of Southeast Asia remains insufficiently studied and appreciated. The talk will explore the indissoluble link between the State and Tantric ideologies/ritual systems in Southeast Asia. It will first deal with state formation, evaluating the theories of “man of prowess” and “Śaiva bhakti” elaborated by historian Oliver Wolters, then turn to the role of Tantric magic and ritual in the medieval maṇḍala polities of Sumatra, Java, and Cambodia. Finally, it will offer some concluding reflections on the link between politics, power, and the “supernatural” in modern Southeast Asia.

Source: Lecture: Tantrism and State Formation in Southeast Asia – ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

Exhibition featuring Brunei royal regalia and artefacts to celebrate friendship between Brunei and Singapore

via Straits Times, 05 July 2017:

Singapore News -SINGAPORE – An exhibition featuring the royal regalia and artefacts from Brunei, as well as stamps and currencies from Brunei and Singapore will open from Thursday (July 6) at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM).. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Source: Exhibition featuring Brunei royal regalia and artefacts to celebrate friendship between Brunei and Singapore, Singapore News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Archaeology books removed from Singapore library, errors on religions cited

Channel NewsAsia, 08 June 2016: A series of Malay-language books named “Agama, Tamadun Dan Arkeologi” (Religion, Civilisation And Archaeology) has been withdrawn from circulation in the Singapore library system among public complaints that the books insulted religions such as Judaism, Christianity and Buddhism, as well as carried factual inaccuracies about these religions. The publisher of the series is based in Malaysia.

All titles under the Agama, Tamadun Dan Arkeologi (Religion, Civilisation And Archeology) series have been withdrawn from its libraries with immediate effect pending review by the Library Consultative Panel, a spokesperson said.

Source: NLB withdraws Malay language books on religion, to review vetting process

Commentary: How should Singapore decide what to conserve?

Channel NewsAsia, 12 June 2017:

In our continued chase for growth and development, we should take a more consultative approach to decide what to conserve, argues Singapore University of Technology and Design’s Pauline Ang.

Source: Commentary: How should Singapore decide what to conserve?

Augmented Reality Gets Real at National Museum

The UrbanWire, 22 April 2017 The National Museum of Singapore experiments with augmented reality exhibits.

Augmented reality at the National Museum of Singapore, UrbanWire
Using Google’s latest augmented reality (AR) technology, the National Museum of Singapore’s new addition, the Tango-enabled Architectural Tour, brings the legacy and history of the building to life.

Using indoor mapping, virtual reality and AR technology, visitors will be able to explore how the building has evolved over the past 130 years and virtually view artefacts that were once on display in the museum.

Source: Augmented Reality Gets Real at National Museum  – The UrbanWire

Singapore’s first national blueprint for heritage to incorporate archaeology

New heritage plan to incorporate archaeological considerations in its heritage plan.

SINGAPORE — The arts and heritage sectors will see a boost with a new Heritage Plan for Singapore in the pipeline, along with a S$150 million top-up to the Cultural Matching Fund (CMF), Minister Grace Fu announced yesterday (March 9) in Parliament.

Source: Govt planning first national blueprint for heritage in Singapore | TODAYonline

See also: Blueprint for heritage sector being drawn up | Straits Times

Oldest time capsule found in Singapore

A restoration project at Singapore’s oldest Catholic church has uncovered a 173-year-old time capsule, containing artefacts from the 19th century.

Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Singapore. Source: Straits Times 20160630
Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Singapore. Source: Straits Times 20160630

173-year-old time capsule unearthed at Singapore’s oldest Catholic church
Straits Times, 30 June 2016

A 173-year-old time capsule and granite foundation stone of the country’s oldest Catholic church have been unearthed, in what experts describe as a “rare discovery”.

Contractors found the hitherto missing capsule and foundation stone earlier this year while restoring the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd along Queen Street.

The time capsule – possibly the oldest one found here – comprises publications such as a prayer booklet and newspapers from 1843, as well as 24 international 18th- and 19th-century coins and tokens. A foundation stone, or cornerstone, is the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation.

Full story here.

Singapore studying archaeology laws

A report last month said that the National Heritage Board of Singapore is conducting a study to address the issue of ownership of archaeological material, especially that found in private property which is a legal grey area in Singapore.

Excavations at Victoria Convert Hall in Singapore. Source: Straits Times 20160510
Excavations at Victoria Convert Hall in Singapore. Source: Straits Times 20160510

Study to plug gaps in laws on archaeology
Straits Times, 10 May 2016

A study on archaeology in Singapore is under way to address gaps in laws and regulations in the field.

One area that is being studied is the legal ownership status of archaeological materials unearthed on private land.

Currently, the authorities do not own such items, as only archaeological finds unearthed on state land belong to the state.

The study is conducted by the National Heritage Board (NHB), Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu told Parliament yesterday.

Full story here.