Public Lecture: The Bronze Age of Southeast Asia

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Prof. Charles Higham will be presenting a lecture this Thursday at ANU on the Bronze Age of Southeast Asia. Don’t miss it if you’re in Canberra!

The Bronze Age of Southeast Asia: Timing and impact
Venue: Manning Clark Theatre 1, Manning Clark Centre, Union Court, ANU
Date: Thursday, 29 April 2010
Time: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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Researchers claim Melaka sultanate began earlier


A research team commissioned by the state of Melaka (Malacca) is proposing to push the founding date of the Melaka Sultanate from 1402 to 1298. The change of date is based on an alternate version of the Malay Annals, and it’ll be interesting to see what evidence is presented for the proposed change. From what I understand, the Malay Annals aren’t historically accurate – the earlier chapters explaining the founding of Melaka by Parameswara, a prince from Palembang reads more like a mythological account rather than actual fact. Also, the annals themselves were only commissioned in the early 17th century.

Melaka Malay Sultanate Begins In 1278, Claims Research Team
Bernama, 17 April 2010
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