Malacca skeleton highlight of museum's archaeology exhibition

A 600-year-old skeleton, one of the four recovered during the discovery of the old fort walls of Malacca, is the highlight of the Archaeology Discovery Exhibition at the Negri Sembilan Museum. The article states erroneously that four skeletons were found during the excavation – actually, 10 skeletons were found, but only four of the better-preserved and more complete skeletons were recovered.

600-year-old skeleton pulls in the crowd
New Straits Times, 21 November 2008

The skeleton of a man who lived in the 1400s has attracted crowds of people to the Archaeology Discovery Exhibition at the Negri Sembilan Museum since it opened on Saturday.
Museum management division curator Aziz Mohd Gorip said the exhibit, in cooperation with the National Heritage Department and Melaka Museum Incorporated (Perzim), would be on display for a month.

“The skeleton is that of a male, aged between 27 and 35, who lived during the Malacca Malay Sultanate. It was found during an excavation project in Jalan Kota Melaka.

“Visitors will get to see the structure of the skeleton and learn about its origins. They will also learn about other findings of skeletal structures which are displayed through pictures.”


Related Books:
A stroll through ancient Malacca and a glimpse at her historical sites
Old Malacca (Images of Asia)
The Human Bone Manual
Shadows in the Soil: Human Bones & Archaeology

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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