Malaysian reports on the Gua Hitam skeletons

As expected, most of the Malaysian papers carried reports about yesterday’s press conference on the excavation of six skeletons from Gua Kain Hitam in Sarawak and Pulau Kelumpang in Perak. You can read my account here.

Proof of Neolithic presence
New Straits Times, 19 September 2008

Archaeologists discover Neolithic-era skeletons
The Star, 18 September 2008

Prehistoric human remains found in Perak, Sarawak
The Sun, 18 September 2008

USM Researchers Find Prehistoric Human Skeletons In Gua [Kain] Hitam, Sarawak
Bernama, 18 September 2008

The prehistoric human skeletons found in Gua Kain Hitam, Sarawak, last year, and Pulau Ka-lumpang, Perak, last month, prove that human beings existed in the areas during the Neolithic age.
The skeletons were recovered by a research team from the Universiti Sains Malaysia’s Centre for Archaeological Research Malaysia led by Associate Prof Stephen Chia and Sarawak Museum Department assistant director Ipoi Datan.

The remains found in Gua Kain Hitam were buried in a cave, while those in Pulau Kalumpang were found in a mangrove swamp.

Related Books:
Archaeological work in Sarawak: With special reference to Niah Caves (Sarawak Museum occasional paper)
Summary of archaeological work in Sarawak: With special reference to Niah Caves (Sarawak Museum occasional paper)
Archaeology in Sarawak
Bioarchaeology of Southeast Asia (Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology)
Early History (The Encyclopedia of Malaysia)

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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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