The melting ice gave rise to the Java and South China Seas and created over 24,888 islands. These islands form the world’s largest archipelago and have been inherited mainly by our neighbours Indonesia and the Philippines, whilst Singapore possesses a few small red dots.

The melting ice gave rise to the Java and South China Seas and created over 24,888 islands. These islands form the world’s largest archipelago and have been inherited mainly by our neighbours Indonesia and the Philippines, whilst Singapore possesses a few small red dots.

Sundaland 18,588 years ago?

In tracing the history of Singapore, how far back in time we go is not a question of fact or fascination but rather depends on what is documented or mentioned directly, recalled by someone, or retold.

Inconsistencies and contradictions may arise but much of the truth is likely to be revealed though there may be slight or significant variations with spelling differences but sounding similarly or mystification.

The voyage of discovery is not just about the past but to navigate to the present day as it is being lived, yet to visualise a little ahead of what it may lead to.

If we probe deeper and perhaps journey beyond 18,588 years, we might discover that at that time, Southeast Asia was a continent twice the size of India.

The South China Sea, the Gulf of Thailand and the Java Sea during that period were not liquid but dry land. They were part of the connecting sections of that continent that perhaps is significant.

Geologically, this half sunken continent was called the Sunda Shelf or Sundaland. Known to be the last glacial period, it had occurred during the period of the Pleistocene and would appear to be the cradle of the Asian population and said to be the only scientifically certified proven sunken continent.

Archaeologists, linguists and geneticists have varied theories on the drowning of this ancient continent. Some claim that the area tends to indicate that perhaps it is the lost city of Atlantis, which is rumoured to be located off the southern coast of the island of Kalimantan in the Java Sea.