In search of the real Singapore stories, beyond Raffles

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Excavations at Fort Canning. Source: Channel NewsAsia 20190203
Excavations at Fort Canning. Source: Channel NewsAsia 20190203

via Channel NewsAsia, 03 Feb 2019: Singapore celebrates its bicentenary this year which has been met with mixed reactions as critics say it is a celebration of colonialism. However, one good thing that has come out of this is an enhanced discussion of Singapore past, e.g. its precolonial period. This article from Channel NewsAsia mentions Prof. John Miksic’s work in Fort Canning Hill, among other stories.

One man who has spent three decades hunting for clues to Singapore’s secrets has found them hidden on a hillside. Bukit Larangan (Forbidden Hill) – now known as Fort Canning – was once revered as the final resting place of Malay kings.

It is where Professor John N Miksic and his team started excavating in 1984, when “there’d never been an (archaeological) dig anywhere in Singapore”. They discovered 14th-century artefacts and a wealth of evidence of a flourishing society.

Source: In search of the real Singapore stories, beyond Raffles – Channel NewsAsia