Revisiting the Jewel of Muscat: var latlng = new google.maps.LatLng(1.2582493944506568, 103.82052026225733)...

Revisiting the Jewel of Muscat: var latlng = new google.maps.LatLng(1.2582493944506568, 103.82052026225733)...

I’ll come right out and say it – the MEMA is altogether too Disneylandish. Unsurprising, since it’s located right beside the Universal Studios theme park. The narrative of the museum is pretty jumbled: starting from Zheng He, jumping backwards in time to the Jewel of Muscat, and then forwards in time again to the Bakau shipwreck. You also have to be slightly worried when the gift store area is about the same size as the exhibition space. Even worse, when said gift store contains all the kitch and nothing by way of a single book about shipwrecks or underwater archaeology or any books at all. People expecting a museum store will be sorely disappointed. On the other hand, the actual artefacts are pretty impressive. Just ignore the computer-generated imagery and the re-enacted dramatizations and you might actually learn something.

Full article: http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/2012/01/31/revis...

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