China offers help with Bujang Valley excavations

China has offered to do research and provide technical assistance in investigating the Bujang Valley, the 224 square metre complex of ancient brick structures dating to the early centuries CE.

China Ready To Assist Malaysia In Studying Lembah Bujang Archaeological Site
Bernama, 01 April 2010

China is prepared to assist Malaysia in studying the history of the Lembah Bujang archaeological site in Kedah, which is believed to be among the earliest human civilisation sites in Malaysia.

Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said China had also indicated interest in training Malaysia’s human resources in the field of cultural industry.

“I will follow this up with the Chinese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur so that the project can take off as soon as possible.

“We will invite universities in China to have a look at the Lembah Bujang site and carry out research as well as providing the necessary technical assistance,” he said.


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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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