Author John N. Miksic’s Singapore and the Silk Road of the Sea expands on Singapore’s beginnings

John N. Miksic

REVIEW | New York Times

Singapore and the Silk Road of the Sea, 1300-1800
written by John N. Miksic

2013 | 208 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8248-3968-0 | $48.00 | Paper
Distributed for NUS Press (Singapore)

“In a recent book, ‘Singapore and the Silk Road of the Sea,’ [Miksic] laid out detailed archaeological evidence of the settlement’s early importance and prosperity. One find cited in the book is a large cache of artifacts found at Empress Place, in the central business district near the mouth of the Singapore River, proof that the site was an ancient dock used by merchant traders from China, India and Java, beginning in the 14th century. Among the booty are a blue and white porcelain-stemmed cup from the Chinese Yuan dynasty (1271-1368) and the ‘Headless Horseman,’ a Javanese-style statuette found among objects dating from the 14th to the 16th centuries.”

 

Read more at the New York Times website: “In New Textbook, the Story of Singapore Begins 500 Years Earlier”
Photo Caption/Credit: “John N. Miksic, an archaeology professor at the National University of Singapore.” Credit Jane A. Peterson