Calls for protection, nomination and more research at Bujang Valley

Plans are bing made to nominate the Bujang Valley in Kedah as a World Heritage Site, as a result of archaeological work carried out there over the last 20 years; at the same time, researchers are calling for the protection of sites and expansion of research questions to better understand what went on in Kedah in the early centuries AD.
New Discoveries At Bujang Valley To Be Nominated For Heritage Status
Bernama, 06 July 2010

Declare Sungai Batu Area National Heritage Site – Researcher
Bernama, 07 July 2010

In-Depth Studies Needed To Establish Bujang Valley’s Early History – Archeologists
Bernama, 07 July 2010

The Bujang Valley rises at last
The Sun, 08 July 2010

The new discoveries made at the Bujang Valley, which prove the existence of the earliest civilisation in Southeast Asia, will be nominated for world heritage status in a year or two, said Universiti Sains Malaysia’s (USM) Global Archeology Research Centre director Dr Mohd Mokhtar Saidin.

He said the bid, which will be a joint effort between the centre and the Information Communication and Culture Ministry, would have to be pursued carefully so that the findings in Sungai Batu there could be exhibited using the latest technology besides attracting the public to view them.

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Author: Noel Tan

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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