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The Sungei Batu site in Kedah, Malaysia will have an exhibition centre built to showcase the finds there. Two interesting things from the story – the Sungei Batu civilisation is now being called the Langkasuka culture and the minister is quoted as saying that Bujang Valley civilisation is older than Perak Man which I’m sure is incorrect, since the Perak Man is dated to around 10,000 years old.

Site of Ancient Civilisation at Sungei Batu to Have Exhibition Centre
Bernama, 05 December 2011

Sungai Batu, the seat of a first century civilisation, will have an exhibition centre recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation( UNESCO).

In connection with this, Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim said UNESCO would be invited to give a new reevaluation on the civilisation.

He said, artifacts from Sungai Batu, in Lembah Bujang, Merbok which had undergone radiocarbon dating and confirmed as being from the first century or dated 101, had strengthened resolve to developed the area.

“This is a fact of archeological history that the first civilisation in the Bujang Valley is older than the Perak man found in Lenggong and is recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage.”

Full story here.


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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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2 Replies to “Sungei Batu site to get exhibition centre”

  1. “This is a fact of archeological history that the first civilisation in the Bujang Valley is older than the Perak man found in Lenggong and is recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage.”

    Hmmm, sounds like another case of inter-state rivalry, trying to claim older finds than another state!!!

    Has Bujang already been recognised by UNESCO???

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