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Besides Bujang Valley, shell mound site of Guar Kepah under spotlight

In a bid to turn attention away from the furore over the destruction of Site 11 at the Bujang Valley (see recaps here and here), the Chief Minister of Kedah accuses the neighbouring opposition-run state of neglecting its own archaeological site, Guar Kepah, a shell midden site.

Finds from Guar Kepah, USM/Malay Mail 20131206

Finds from Guar Kepah, USM/Malay Mail 20131206

Guar Kepah still well-preserved on state land, Guan Eng replies to Mukhriz’s allegations
Malaysian Insider, 04 December 2013

‘Guar Kepah is intact’
The Sun, 04 December 2013

Penang wants archaeology gallery for Guar Kepah, but lacks funds
The Malay Mail, 04 December 2013

When history is callously decimated
Free Malaysia Today, 05 December 2013

At Guar Kepah, last of country’s Stone Age sites
The Malay Mail, 06 December 2013

The destruction of an ancient temple in Lembah Bujang may have stunned the nation, but two historical sites thousands of years older have also fallen victim to modern progress in nearby Penang and leaving just one still standing.

In the midst of paddy fields and a jackfruit plantation in north Seberang Perai, thousands of shells are scattered so inconspicuously across the ground that few at the Guar Kapah location would ever know that they were at Malaysia’s final remaining Stone Age site.

The only one of its kind in the region and the last of three recorded at the village, according to archaeologist Prof Dr Mokhtar Saidin, the prehistoric site features shell middens or mounds that date back more than 5,000 years.

Full story here.

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