Palau Nangka: Treasures reportedly sighted

The Southeast Asian Archaeology Newblog

The treasure hunt at Pulau Nangka takes an interesting turn as one of the companies commissioned to search for the relics reports finding some in a cave. I remain extremely skeptical.

Hundreds of relics sighted inside cave
17 April 2014

Hundreds of relics in Pulau Nangka have been sighted in a cave that is believed to have been used as a hideout for Sultan Mahmud when he fled from the Portuguese armada that invaded Malacca in 1511.

One of the companies given a state government approval to survey and gather pictorial evidence of the treasures hidden in the little island, 17km from here, said they have sighted hundreds of relics inside the cave.

Smart Partnership International (M) Sdn Bhd director Mohammad Fuad Khushairy Mohd Said revealed that his team used state-of-the-art scanning technology and geo-technical methods to sight the treasure.

“We have yet to determine the quantity and actual value of the relics inside the cave, but there are various types of relics inside,” he said.

Full story here.

Author: Noel

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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