Rebuilding Malacca

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The historic city of Malacca is given a boost in authenticity through the restoration of some of the ancient walls that was unearthed two years ago. Not everyone thinks that the restoration is accurate, however. By some strange coincidence, I was also in Malacca this week and I took some pictures of the said walls and bastion. More on that next week.

For a walk down historic Malacca
The Star, 06 October 2008
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Unearthing Malacca's earliest skeletons


Remember the ancient bastions of fortress Malacca that was discovered late 2006 (see here and here)? There were also four 13th century skeletons discovered at the site, which was being analysed in the Centre for Archaeological Research Malaysia (where I’m based). They were having the press conference at the centre on Friday morning to announce the piece of news. Over the weekend, we also had the National Archaeology Seminar where we heard a paper presented about the skeletal finds from the site.

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Take a walk through historic Malacca

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Now there’s another great reason – besides the food – to visit the historic town of Malacca! A new heritage trail has been created to highlight some of the town’s most prominent architectural features during the Dutch colonial era of the 17th and 18th century. One particular feature of note is the recently-excavated Middlesburgh bastion, discovered only last year during the construction of a tourist trap which has since been relocated.

Malacca, A Famosa gate. CC image by llyodi
Creative Commons image by lloydi

2km Dutch heritage trail opens in Malacca
The Star, 18 December 2007
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A’Famosa to be rebuilt


1 February 2007 (The Star) – The 16th century Portuguese fort of Malacca, A’Famosa, is slated for rebuilding, following the discovery of the Middlesburgh bastion late last year.

A’Famosa to be rebuilt

The Star, 1 Feb 2007

Portions of the buried ruins of Fortaleza D’Malacca or the mighty A’Famosa fortress built in 1512 will be brought to “life” for the world to see. About 350m of the buried walls of the fortress will be reconstructed stone by stone to its original dimensions of 8m by 5m, said Commissioner of Heritage Prof Datuk Dr Siti Zuraina Abdul Majid. She said the completed structure would encompass the city’s 11.3ha heritage site in Bandar Hilir.

Presently, the department is using documents and paintings of the fort dating back to 1512 to determine its dimensions and design, but may require further documents from overseas sources.

“We might study the Galle Fort, which is fully intact in Sri Lanka, as it is a good example of how the fort would look like because they both share a similar history,” she added.