Archaeologists begin third dig at the Padang

Workers on site at the Padang, where previous archaeological digs were conducted in 2003 and 2009. Artefacts unearthed here include carnelian beads and a Chinese coin. White sand found here is believed to be what Sang Nila Utama saw that drew him to
Workers on site at the Padang, where previous archaeological digs were conducted in 2003 and 2009. Artefacts unearthed here include carnelian beads and a Chinese coin. White sand found here is believed to be what Sang Nila Utama saw that drew him to Singapore.ST PHOTO: MELODY ZACCHEUS

Site has many layers of history going back before 1819

A dig is taking place at the historic Padang. The pit, measuring 2m by 1m, was set up yesterday.

It is the third archaeological dig at the Padang. According to published reports, previous digs there were conducted in 2003 and 2009.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 01, 2019, with the headline 'Archaeologists begin third dig at the Padang'. Print Edition | Subscribe