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20 June 2007 (The Brunei Times, Borneo Bulletin) – There’s a new maritime archaeology museum opening in Brunei in June next year. This museum will showcase Brunei’s ancient trade within the region as well as the shipwrecks found in Brunei’s waters.

Foundation-Laying Ceremony For Brunei’s First Martime Museum

Brunei Darussalam’s first Maritime Museum, which is under the country’s 8th National Development Plan, is expected to be completed by June next year.

The exhibition hall of the Maritime Archaeology Museum will display various artefacts depicting the link between mankind with the river and the sea since ancient times.

The project will also enable members of the public to understand the role of the country as a centre of maritime trade in ancient times and develop a sense of awareness and responsibility to appreciate the country’s cultural heritage while promoting it as a tourism destination, he said.

Read about the foundation-laying for Brunei’s Maritime Museum here and here.

Books about Underwater Archaeology:
The Archaeology of Seafaring in Ancient South Asia by Himanshu Prabha Ray
Shipwrecks and Sunken Treasure in Southeast Asia by T. Wells

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