The NSC Archaeology Unit (AU) pursues projects designed to foster collaborative research in the archaeology of civilization in Southeast Asia, and its links with its neighbours in Asia. It is a part of the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. The AU conducts excavations in Singapore, concentrating on the material culture of the period from 1300 to 1600, but also maintains an interest in the lives of Singapore’s inhabitants during the colonial period of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The AU also collaborates with institutions in the Asia and Pacific regions to conduct research and training, and to disseminate published and unpublished reports on archaeological research.
The AU was formed in 2010, with Associate Professor John Miksic becoming its first head in July 2011. The AU was inaugurated by H.E. President S R Nathan in August 2011.