Singapore, Southeast Asia and the Sea | A Short Course by Emeritus Professor John Miksic

Organised by: NUS Museum
Performed by: Emeritus Professor John Miksic
  • Date:
    15 Feb - 11 Apr 2020
  • Venue:
    NUS Museum (also available online)
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  • Admission:
    Registration: $2,500
    Registrations close: 15 Dec 2019


For generations, Singapore schools have taught pupils that Singapore was a fishing village and a pirate lair until the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819. But from Professor John Miksic's archaeological digs across various sites in Singapore's Central Business District since 1984, we now know that this is not true and that Singapore was a thriving port with a sophisticated multi-ethnic population as far back as the 14th century. How does this change our view of Singapore? Why did Singapore rise, fall and rise again?

Over a series of six lectures, Professor John Miksic will introduce the Asian Maritime Silk Road, Singapore's ancient history and the findings from his extensive archaeological digs, giving older Singaporeans the opportunity that current students now have to learn about pre-colonial Singapore.

Lecture topics include:

• The Origins of the Asian Maritime Silk Road

• The Lords of the Malacca Straits

• Who Was Sang Nila Utama?

• Archaeological Discoveries in Singapore

Course format

The course will consist of six weekly lectures (available online), with three in-person meetings at NUS Museum, two live chat sessions and a field trip to Fort Canning.
Course duration dates are inclusive of the final submission and return of assignments.


Registration deadline: 15 December 2019

Course period: 15 February – 11 April 2020


Individuals interested in Singapore and regional history and archaeology. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Singapore, Southeast Asia and the Sea | A Short Course by Emeritus Professor John Miksic