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Michael FLECKER

Visiting Fellow
Dr Michael Flecker has more than 30 years of experience in searching for and archaeologically excavating ancient shipwrecks, specialising in the evolution and interaction of various Asian shipbuilding traditions. In 2002 he received a PhD from the National University of Singapore based on his excavation of the 10th century Intan Wreck in Indonesia. His thesis was published as a book by the British Archaeological Report Series (2002). Other works include the book, Porcelain from the Vung Tau Wreck (2001), contributions to Shipwrecked: Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds (2010) and Southeast Asian Ceramics: New Light on Old Pottery (2009), as well as numerous articles in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, the Mariner’s Mirror and World Archaeology.

After graduating with First Class Honours in Civil Engineering from the University of Western Australia in 1983, Dr Flecker worked for a Singapore-based engineering company. In 1987 he changed tack by joining Pacific Sea Resources as diving supervisor for the two-year excavation of the 1638 Manila Galleon, Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion, in Saipan. In 1992 he established the company, Maritime Explorations, and went on to direct some of the most important shipwreck excavations in Asia including the 9th century Belitung Wreck (Arab dhow), the 10th century Intan Wreck (Indonesian lashed-lug), the 13th century Java Sea Wreck (Indonesian lashed-lug), the 15th century Bakau Wreck (Chinese flat-bottomed junk), the c. 1608 Binh Thuan Wreck (Chinese junk), and the c. 1690 Vung Tau Wreck (Chinese/European hybrid).

Email: michael_flecker@iseas.edu.sg
Tel.: 68704559