Prof John MIKSIC

Associate Senior Fellow
Professor John Miksic is Associate Professor in the Southeast Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore. Born 1946 in Rochester, New York, Dr Miksic studied at Dartmouth (B.A.), Ohio University (M.A.) and Cornell University (PhD). As a student he joined archaeological expeditions to northern Canada and Honduras, but over the last 40 years he has been based in Southeast Asia, conducting archaeological and historical investigations in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Burma and Cambodia. He has conducted major excavations at 15 sites in Singapore, bringing to light details of 14th-century life here. He is now engaged in organising exhibitions for the 40th anniversary of the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society, and the link between Singapore and Bengkulu, jointly organized by the national archives of Singapore and Indonesia. He is a widely-published author with key works including: Archaeological research on the “Forbidden Hill” of Singapore : excavations at Fort Canning (1985); Borobudur : golden tales of the Buddhas (1990); Old Javanese Gold (1990); Earthenware in Southeast Asia (2003); Early Singapore 1300s-1819: Evidence in maps, texts and artefacts (ed. with Cheryl-Ann Low (2004); and Historical Dictionary of Ancient Southeast Asia (2007). His most recent publication is a translation of Denys Lombard’s “Jardins a Java” (Gardens in Java), issued by the National Centre for Archaeological Research in Jakarta. Items in press include book chapters on Buddhism in Srivijaya, and a book on 25 years of Singaporean archaeology, to be published by the National Heritage Board.Email: