Utusan Online (18 May 2017, article in Bahasa Malaysia): A trio of standing stones ‘batu hidup’ has been uncovered in Terrengganu. The location of these megaliths are quite interesting as they are usually found on the western side of the Malayan peninsula (Malacca, Negri Sembilan and Perak). I have often though that the standing stones are part of a megalithic cultural package that was carried from Sumatra, so their discovery on the eastern side of the peninsula is potentially significant.
The Terengganu state government announces plans to build a museum to house inscribed stones, the most famous of which contains 700-year-old Jawi script. (Thanks to Liz Price for the news)
Trengganu to build RM20m ‘Batu Bersurat’ museum
The Sun, 26 March 2012
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.
Bernama, 14 February 2012
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
Malaysia’s oldest skeleton Bewah Man may not be a ‘man’ after all, as researchers have not yet been able to ascertain the gender of the 16,000-year-old remains.
Bewah Man may be a woman
The Star, 09 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.
Bernama, 25 September 2011
The skeletal remains of a man found in Bewah Cave in the state of Terengganu, in Malaysia have been radiocarbon dated to be 16,000 years old, one of the oldest dates for skeletal remains in the country.
Bernama, 10 March 2010
An archaeological team from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Terengganu Museum report the discovery of human skeletal remains, estimated to be about 8,000 years-old, from a site at Kenyir cave at the state of Terengganu in the Malaysian Peninsula.
Bernama, 06 February 2010
8,000-year-old human remains found
The Star, 07 February 2010
Construction works at Terengganu, a state on the eastern part of the Malaysian peninsula have revealed artefacts such as Chinese coins and ceramics. Authorities have stepped in to claim the artefacts, but it appears that some of the construction workers have been quietly selling off some of the artefacts to private collectors already.
Ancient coins and artefacts found in Terengganuâ€™s Chinatown worksite
The Star, 13 January 2010 Read More
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.
(Stories from the Brunei Times only appear for about 24 hours, so if it is no longer available, you may wish to email me)
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