A Special Walk through the Archaeology Gallery Singapura: 700 Years
with John Miksic
10.30 am, Tuesday, 17 March 2015
National Museum of Singapore Basement
National Museum of Singapore
Stamford Rd Singapore
After 10 years, the archaeology gallery at the National Museum has been significantly revised and moved to a new location in the basement of the National Museum.
Dr John N. Miksic is Associate Professor in the Southeast Asian Studies Department, National University of Singapore. He spent four years in Malaysia (1968-72) as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He received his PhD from Cornell University based on fieldwork in Sumatra.
He worked as a Rural Development Advisor in Bengkulu,Sumatra from 1979 to 1981.
From 1981-7 he taught archaeology at Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. In 1987 he moved to the National University of Singapore. He has served on the board of the Center for Khmer Studies, a member of the Consortium for American Overseas Research Centers, since 2000. He is an academic adviser to SEAMEO-SPAFA (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Sub-Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts), Bangkok. He received the Special Recognition Award from the Ministry of Information, Communication, and the Arts, the Pingat Bakti Setia from the government of Singapore, and the title of Kanjeng Raden Haryo Temenggung from the Susuhunan of Surakarta (Indonesia).
Dr Miksic is a Life Member of SEACS.
In 1984, Dr. Miksic led an archaeological dig on Fort Canning, uncovering treasures which had been hidden under a meter of soil for six centuries. Since that inaugural dig, periodic excavations around the colonial and civic quarter of Singapore have uncovered a plethora of artefacts which confirm that a thriving, cosmopolitan trading port existed on Singapore Island six hundred years ago.