The sad state of Gua Tambun

These news stories were posted by Liz Price in a comment on the recent post about Gua Tambun, but I have a particular interest in the site so I’m re-posting them here. Graffiti has always been a problem ever since the site was open to public in the 1970s.

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Heritage site not treasured
The Star, 09 April 2014

Walls of Gua Tambun vandalised with paint and sketches
The Star, 05 April 2014

Gua Tambun jadi mangsa vandalisme
Sinar Harian, 05 April 2014
Article is in Bahasa Malaysia

THE site of the Neolithic drawings at Gua Tambun near Ipoh is in a sorry state of affairs.

The fascinating drawings dating between 3,000 and 5,000 B.C. are not only slowly fading away with the passage of time due to constant exposure to the sun and rain, but graffiti has also ruined the condition of the walls.

It is sad to see such a beautiful cave, which also offers visitors a spectacular view of the city’s skyline, and its awesome hematite rock paintings not maintained properly.

A walk along the passage leading to the cave and the stream flowing beneath is also polluted with rubbish.

During a check at the site by MetroPerak, we had to walk for about 2km before reaching a flight of stairs to get to the site.

Full story here.

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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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