Unearthing pre-Malacca Malacca

Malaysians and Singaporeans would be familiar about how a Sumatran prince named Parameswara founded the Malacca Sultanate, but was there a settlement already existing before the prince’s visit? The state of Malacca is hoping to fund researchers interested in uncovering the history of Malacca before it was founded as the Sultanate of Malacca in the 14th century.

Malacca prior to Parameswara
The Star, 02 August 2008

The state will set up a special fund for archaeologists and historians to carry out research to prove the historic city of Malacca existed prior to the establishment of the 15th Century Sultanate.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the fund, comprising allocations from the state and the Heritage Ministry, would be used to determine the existence of a civilisation before the 1400s.

“It is not disputed that Para–meswara founded the Malay Sul–tanate in the 1400’s but what we want to know is what was Malacca like prior to his arrival.

Related Books:
Early History (The Encyclopedia of Malaysia) by Nik Hassan Shuhaimi Nik Abdul Rahman (Ed)
A History of Malaysia
Early Kingdoms of the Indonesian Archipelago and the Malay Peninsula by P. M. Munoz
Old Malacca (Images of Asia)
The history of Malacca during the period of the Malay Sultanate (Siri pelajaran menengah DBP ; bil 124)
The Malay Sultanates 1400-1700: The Encyclopedia of Malaysia

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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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