19 Sep '11, 12am

Archaeology in Singapore aims to break new ground

Archaeology in Singapore aims to break new ground

Prof Miksic (above) handling an artefact that will be sorted and labelled before being stored. Most artefacts found here are stored in the NUS department of Southeast Asian Studies' archaeology lab, a former British army officers' bungalow. -- ST PHOTOS: CAROLINE CHIA By Lin Zhaowei While Singapore now has its first archaeological research unit, veterans said much more groundwork needs to be done to take the field further. The Archaeological Unit of the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Iseas) was inaugurated by former president S R Nathan last month. The unit's three members for now are Associate Professor John Miksic, 64, who heads it, Assistant Professor Goh Geok Yian, 39, and Mr Lim Chen Sian, 36. Prof Miksic and Mr Lim estimate that the unit would need an endowment of $10 million to provide about $500,000 in annual funding for resea...

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