via Free Malaysia Today, 22 July 2018: Jerejak Island in Penang, Malaysia is a former leper colony that was planned for nomination in Unesco World Heritage. This plan is now in question as the state government has okayed plans for a large luxury resort to be developed on the island.
Deputy tourism minister to write to Penang chief minister about plans for luxury development on former leper colony island.
Source: Resort plans put Jerejak heritage status in doubt
via The Star, 06 June 2018:
GEORGE TOWN: The controversy surrounding the development of Sia Boey (old Prangin market) and the Prangin Canal has again sparked anger among heritage activists, this time with allegations that excavation works were being carried out illegally at the site.
GTWHI, in a statement yesterday, clarified that they were not carrying out any excavation works in Sia Boey, adding that its management has adhered to the proper procedure and protocol.
Source: Outrage over Sia Boey again
via New Straits Times, 04 March 2018:
GEORGETOWN: After the discovery of two cannons, a group of archaeologists and historians from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) found nine cannonballs at the archaeological site of Fort Cornwallis.
Source: Nine cannonballs found at Fort Cornwallis [NSTTV]
via The Malaysian Insight, 20 Feb 2018
EXCAVATION works at the historic Fort Cornwallis in George Town, Penang, has unearthed two East India Company (EIC)-era cannons over two centuries old. Both bear the insignia “GR” – Georgius…
Source: Archaeologists find two historic cannons at Fort Cornwallis
via Astro Awani, 06 October 2017:
George Town, one of the most prominent trading ports linking the East and West for the last 200 years, is at risk of losing the UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
Source: George Town may lose UNESCO World Heritage Site status | Astro Awani
The Malay Mail, 12 May 2017: Fresh C14 dates for the skeleton found at Guar Kepah in Penang reveals it is 5,700 years old, consistent with the shell midden’s Neolithic date.
Source: Carbon dating confirms ‘Penang Woman’ is 5,710 years old | Malaysia | Malay Mail Online
See also: Carbon dating finds ‘Penang Woman’ to be 5,710 years old (The Star, 13 May 2017)
New Straits Times, 25 April 2017: More on the skeleton found at Guar Kepah in Penang. There are now some calls to nominate the site for World Heritage, but those calls seem to be coming from politicians who may not be aware of how high the bar is.
KEPALA BATAS: The latest discovery of human skeleton, aged probably between 5,000 and 6,000 years, at the construction site of an archaeology gallery in Guar Kepah here on Monday proved the existence of prehistoric people in Peninsular Malaysia during Neolithic period.
Source: 5,000-year-old skeleton found in Guar Kepah | New Straits Times | Malaysia General Business Sports and Lifestyle News
See also: State seeks Unesco listing for site of ‘Penang Woman’ discovery (Malay Mail, 25 April 2017)
Archaeological excavations at Penang’s Fort Cornwallis have yielded artefacts from the Straits Settlements period.
GEORGE TOWN: Despite being a tourist attraction now, Fort Cornwallis, a colonial-era defensive structure, is still turning up archaeological surprises.USM
Source: Archaeologists recover artifacts from Fort Cornwallis moat
An archaeological gallery will be set up for the Guar Kepah site in Penang, a Neolithic shell midden site. It appears that the shell middens were also used as burial mounds.
Guar Kepah excavation, The Sun 20120227
New gallery to showcase 6,000-year-old culture
The Sun, 27 February 2012
The 19th century graves of a pioneer family in Penang, Malaysia were found to have been dug up and the contents plundered. Modern Penang was founded in the late 18th century and the it’s capital Georgetown was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 2008.
Plundered grave of Koh Seang Tatt, a 19th century philatrophist. The Sun, 20110110
Grave discovery for heritage advocates
The Sun, 10 January 2011