Singapore may be 1,000 years old, not just 700 as believed: Study

Aussie researcher finds link to Tamil dynasty on S'pore Stone

Dr Iain Sinclair, who has been studying the Singapore Stone - a fragment of an ancient sandstone slab - suggested it could have been created at the beginning of the 11th century.
Dr Iain Sinclair, who has been studying the Singapore Stone - a fragment of an ancient sandstone slab - suggested it could have been created at the beginning of the 11th century.PHOTO: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE
Dr Iain Sinclair (left), who has been studying the Singapore Stone, suggested it could have been created at the beginning of the 11th century.
Dr Iain Sinclair (left), who has been studying the Singapore Stone, suggested it could have been created at the beginning of the 11th century.PHOTO: COURTESY OF INDIAN HERITAGE CENTRE

Singapore is 700 years old. That has been the general consensus up till now and this has even been commemorated in the bicentennial showcase at Fort Canning Centre.

However, a new study dates its history to 300 years before that - that this city is 1,000 years old.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 22, 2019, with the headline 'S'pore may be 1,000 years old, not just 700 as believed: Study'. Print Edition | Subscribe