The Terengganu Museum announces the discovery of a second skeleton at Gua Bewah, in the Lake Kenyir region. The first skeleton found was claimed to be older than the 10,000-year-old Perak Man burial.
Research on the oldest skeletal remains found in peninsular Malaysia is rounding up, although the gender of the skeleton still remains unknown. There’s also the curious intention to put the remains back to the site it was found – I don’t know if this is a reburial or a special holding centre.
Research on oldest skeleton in Malaysia coming to an end, says director
The Star, 28 October 2011
The Terengganu state government is considering building facilities to attract visitors to the Gua Bewah, a Neolithic site discovered near a man-made lake.
Terengganu To Built Facilities At Gua Bewah In Tasik Kenyir
Bernama, 25 September 2011
02 June 2007 (The Brunei Times) – Liz Price writes a travel piece on the Tasik Kenyir, or Kenyir Lake, the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia and also home to a few archaeological cave sites.
Terengganu’s Kenyir Lake beckons for a spelunking adventure
Before the creation of the lake, there were several caves accessible, some of archaeological importance. However, when the area was flooded, most of the caves were lost underwater. Prior to their disappearance, archaeologists had discovered Neolithic artifacts such as kitchen utensils, stone adzes and pottery sherds.
Even a Neolithic burial was found, with broken pottery laid at the foot of the deceased. The Neolithic or New Stone Age era occurred roughly 10,000 years ago. The cave was probably adjacent to two well-known routes used by the aborigines in prehistoric times through Terengganu to Sungai Tembling.
Now there are two remaining limestone hills containing caves that can only be reached by boat. Gua Bewah is the biggest of the known caves. From the floating jetty a steep flight of steps leads up to the entrance situated 40m above lake level.
Read the full story about spelunking in Tasik Kenyir.
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Related Books about Malaysian cave sites:
– Early History (The Encyclopedia of Malaysia) by Nik Hassan Shuhaimi Nik Abdul Rahman (Ed)
– Prehistory of the Indo-Malaysian Archipelago by P. Bellwood
19 March 2007 (New Straits Times’ Travel Times) – An interesting piece about the ancient history of the Malaysian state of Terengganu, from neolithic burials, to the port city of Fo-Lo-Ann during the classical period, to the more recent Islamic finds.
Kuala Berangâ€™s glorious past
It’s a place that few people will notice. It does not arouse any excitement, unlike Tasik Kenyir located 35km away.
Yet, centuries ago, the district of Kuala Berang was one of the busiest ports in Terengganu where traders from as far as China came to trade and to replenish their supply of food and fresh water.
Back then (12th-14th Century), the Chinese called the place Fo-Lo-Ann. The locals, however, named it Kuala Berang after the bamboo species known as buluh berang that grew wildly along the banks of Sungai Terengganu and Sungai Berang.
According to records at the Terengganu State Museum, a Chinese historian, Chan Ju Kau, wrote that Kuala Berang was once a very busy port with traders buying local goods like kayu cendawan (candan), elephant tusks and scented kayu gaharu for export to China, the Middle East and West Asia.