Initiated and led by battlefield & conflict archaeologist Jon Cooper, The Adam Park Project focuses on surveys and digs in the Adam Park neighbourhood in Singapore. Quintessentially known as black and white bungalows, the residences in Adam Park were once used as command stations, firing forts, detention bunks for POWs (prisoner of war) and so on during the Japanese occupation of Singapore as an episode of World World II. The bungalows witnessed the four-day battle, believed to be the fiercest, before the British signed surrender papers on 16th February 1942.
Working on site operating metal detector, placing markings, digging, discovering artefacts, making records and tagging artefacts are some of the jobs involved. The artefacts help to piece stories that could have happened some 70 years ago at exactly the same spot where you dig, fuelling vivid visualisation as if a re-enactment is being staged.
The upcoming session is set on the compound where the Regimental Aid Post was located and later burnt down in the ceasefire.
Next session: 22-26 April 2013, Monday-Friday, 9.30am to 4pm-ish. You need not commit to the entire session if it is impossible. Please write to Jon Cooper via facebook, to book yourself in. Don’t forget to ask friends and family to join you, but this is not really suitable for sub teen kids.