8,000-year-old human remains discovered in Malaysia

An archaeological team from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Terengganu Museum report the discovery of human skeletal remains, estimated to be about 8,000 years-old, from a site at Kenyir cave at the state of Terengganu in the Malaysian Peninsula.

Mesolithic Age Skeletal Remains Found In Terengganu Cave
Bernama, 06 February 2010

8,000-year-old human remains found

The Star, 07 February 2010

rchaeologists have stumbled upon human skeletal remains believed to be from the Mesolithic Age in the Bewah Cave in the Kenyir Lake area, according to a university professor.

The remains, believed to be those of a youth, are estimated to be between 8,000 and 11,000 years old, said Prof Datuk Dr Nik Hasan Shuhaimi Nik Abdul Rahman, deputy director of the Institute of the Malay World and Civilisation (ATMA) of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

The remains were uncovered by archaeologists from UKM, the Museums Department and the Terengganu Museum Board at a depth of 65 to 70 centimetres, he told reporters after a visit by Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said and reporters to the cave Saturday.


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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.

One thought on “8,000-year-old human remains discovered in Malaysia”

  1. Exciting news and its certainly made the international media. Good to know they are redigging that cave.

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