The state government of Kedah expressed hope for the Bujang Valley sites to be developed for tourism by the federal government, bolstered by recent archaeological work in the area.
Sungei Batu, Bujang Valley. Source: The Rakyat Post 20140731
Sungai Batu and Bujang Valley need to be developed for tourism
The Rakyat Post, 31 July 2014
Some 47 sites have been excavated from the Bujang Valley in Malaysia, with plans to open 50 more sites in coming years.
Source: Free Malaysia Today 20140303
Excavation begins at 47 archaeological sites
Free Malaysia Today, 03 March 2014
via The Edge Markets:
The significance of the Bujang Valley in history has been heightened by a latest sensational laboratory report on four sections of a newly excavated jetty complex – dating them each to 487 BC. This means that the port settlement in Kedah thrived 2,500 years ago, making it the earliest and oldest among the ancient kingdoms of South-east Asia. The civilisation lived until the 13th century AD. fz.com has learnt that the tests were conducted by the Korea Basic Science Institute in South Korea, through an Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dating technique. The results were received by the Centre for Global Archaeological Research (CGAR) of Universiti Sains Malaysia two weeks ago.
Source: Ancient jetties discovered in Bujang Valley dated 487 BC | The Edge Markets
via The Star, 08 December 2013:
All land owners in Kedah must obtain the approval of the Kedah government and the National Heritage Department before undertaking any construction if they find on their property structures that can be regarded as archaeological remnants.
Mentri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir said the directive would be issued to avert a recurrence of the incident where the ruins of an ancient temple were destroyed last Monday in Sungai Batu, in the archaeologically rich Lembah Bujang.
Source: Mukhriz: Approval needed for construction on Kedah land with archaeological remnants
The University of Pakistan and Universiti Sains Malaysia ink an agreement to cooperate on archaeological projects in their respective countries.
Pak, Malaysia work on archaeological research
Pakistan Observer, 13 April 2013
An Information, Communications and Culture Minister has said that the Malaysian government will buy the land surrounding Bujang Valley archaeological sites in a bid to protect the archaeological potential there.
Govt to protect land surrounding Lembah Bujang heritage site
The Star, 13 December 2011
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
An independent researcher is arguing for Malaysian history books to be changed to reflect the earliest civilisation in Malaysia originated in Kedah’s Bujang Valley, rather than the 15th century Malacca Sultanate. The monumental architecture in Bujang Valley, in the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia, has been known for several decades now and current research by a team from Universiti Sains Malaysia have brought about new findings about the site. Of course, there are some political undertones to this argument as the primacy of the Malacca Sultanate has a function in the historical narrative of the state.
photo credit: plassen
Kedah, not Malacca, the oldest kingdom [Link no longer active]
Free Malaysia Today, 10 September 2011
Archaeologists and students at Universiti Sains Malaysia, where I was at until last year, have been for the past couple of years busy with new excavations and finds at the Bujang Valley, in the northern state of Kedah. This story from the Straits Times features some of the main finds from the ongoing work.
Digging up South-east Asia’s oldest ruins
The Straits Times, 07 January 2011
A large complex of ruins and new evidence for large-scale iron smelting notwithstanding, the Bujang Valley complex in Malaysia’s northern state of Kedah is not living up to its potential for tourism, laments one newspaper.
Bujang Valley impetus to tourism
New Straits Times, 19 September 2010