好书推介:《早期新加坡 – 14世纪到1819年》

本书全名:Early Singapore 1300s-1819 Evidence in Maps, Text and Artefacts”

《早期新加坡 – 14世纪到1819年间考古文物与图籍上的根据》

吴庆辉

 

         想知道到底新加坡的历史有多久远?古代新加坡的风貌如何?近年有那些考古新发现?

        由新加坡历史博物馆出版的《早期新加坡 – 14世纪到1819年间考古文物与图籍上的根据》为你一一解答.    通过由专家选写的九篇文章,结合了考古文物、地图及文献,为读者呈献在莱佛士登陆之前,就富有商业色彩的古代新加坡风貌,其中有不乏新视野与解读,更难能可贵的是穿插了大量精美图片,包括了近廿年来在新加坡的考古发掘文物。

 

        在书中,约翰·米克锡博士 (Dr John Miksic) 按他十九年来在新加坡主持的考古研究所得资料,探讨做为一个古代商业城市的新加坡当年的规模与面貌 (pp41)。国大历史系讲师彼得·波舒伯 (Peter Borschberg) 与巴纳德 (Timothy P. Barnard) 则谈到于1718世纪时发生在新加坡海域的国际海战 (pp 106 ,118〕。而在前国家博物馆馆长柯宗元(Kwa Chong Guan)文章里,可以找到过去学者对古代新加坡史的研究史。

 

       语言媒介:英语。平装148页。在各大书局都有出售,零售价$30

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Early Singapore 1300s -1819
Evidence in Maps, Text and Artefacts

Singapore’s pre-Colonial history is brought to life in this generously illustrated collection of nine essays, which highlights new facets of Singapore history and illuminates more familiar aspects with new perspectives. Authorities in the field present incisive and insightful viewpoints on Singapore’s importance in regional history before the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles, with an analysis of archaeological artefacts, writings and maps over the last two decades. *Available at all major bookstores.

 

A compilation of nine essays from experts and professors, this publication seeks to provide perspectives of Singapore’s pre-modern history, debunking the common belief that Singapore history dated only after its founding by Raffles in 1819. Early Singapore 1300s-1819 highlights new facets of our history, with an analysis of archaeological artefacts, writings and maps over the last two decades.

Artefacts such as Chinese coins and ceramic ware unearthed from the recent archaeological excavations at the Parliament House and Empress Place are featured with those found in the earlier excavations at Fort Canning and Pulau Saigon, among others. Early Singapore 1300s-1819 also provides insightful viewpoints on Singapore’s importance in regional history, long before Raffles’ arrival.

 

 

 

Associate Professor Tan Tai Yong, Chairman of the Singapore History Museum Board said, “Collectively, the essays argue that there were significant economic activities on this island long before the British had set foot here, and that it had functioned as a port of trade serving a well-established regional economy from as early as fourteenth century.”

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