Dr Tai Yew Seng is a ceramic archaeologist and specialises in excavating and handling ceramic from kiln sites, shipwrecks, ruins and tombs, and the Southeast Asian maritime trade with China. His current project is on Chinese navigation charts and texts. He was a Research Fellow at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and was involved in the Aceh Geohazard Project which collected and analysed over 52,000 pieces of ancient ceramics sherds. He has taught courses on Chinese culture and lectured on material culture at the Chinese Department at NTU and the National University of Singapore. He has authored a number of papers and book chapters on ceramic archaeology and maritime trade in English and Chinese.
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).
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