Material excavated from Empress Place 1998 excavation

In 1998 a new wing of the Asian Civilisations Museum was built. This afforded archaeologists led by Prof. John Miksic to excavate a large trench on the banks of the Singapore River. This led to the discovery of a dense layer of 14th century artefacts indicating that the site was the location of a settlement. Artefacts include sherds of 14th century Chinese ceramics; Celadons from Longquan, white wares from Dehua; Blue and White from Jingdezhen and Shufu ware. Also discovered were Song Dynasty Chinese coins, bronze fishing hooks bones and earthenware