|Knowing how hot and sweaty one gets with even the shortest time
outdoors, we arranged a late check out at an exorbitant price.
This meant we could visit the Asian Civilisations Museum, about 45
minutes walk from our hotel. We spent most of our time in the
large section reporting on the salvage of the Tang Shipwreck off
the Mid East coast of Sumatra. From an archaeology and
pre-history perspective this salvage must be one of the most
important finds, confirming the view that Singapore was on the
main sea trading routes, equated to the land silk road (but more
in the section on Singapore's history).
One of the more interesting parts of the display was the pottery,
which showed its mass manufacture in China, the variations in
design and some of the ways the bowls were packed for sea
transport. The map shows trading routes and manufacturing kilns in
China. Hangzhou would have been one of the major export ports.