Gua Tambun rediscovered

A local conducts tours to Malaysia’s biggest rock art site, which is in danger of erosion due to inadequate protection.

4 Decemeber 2006 (The Star) – A local conducts tours to Malaysia’s biggest rock art site, which is in danger of erosion due to inadequate protection.

The Star, 4 Dec 2006

Gua Tambun rediscovered

Gua Tambun may have 3,000-year-old cave drawings of humans and prancing deers but some Malaysians are now only “rediscovering” the cave here.

Since May, business consultant Cae Hiew, 29, has been spending his Sunday mornings guiding the public to the almost hidden cave.

A check showed that the concrete steps were overgrown with weeds and leaves and that a signboard put up by the Museums Department had also been defaced.

Those interested in visiting Gua Tambun can meet Hiew at the Makro Hypermarket parking lot here at 10am every Sunday. Hiew can be contacted at 012-511 8116.


Related Books:
You can find references to Malaysian rock art in Early History (The Encyclopedia of Malaysia) by Nik Hassan Shuhaimi Nik Abdul Rahman (Ed)

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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