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This sad news is a little late – I learnt from the EurASEAA 14 Facebook page that Dato’ Adi Taha passed away earlier this month:

Please see this sad message from Peter Bellwood:

I have just been informed by Adi Taha’s eldest daughter Adrina, that Adi died on 4th February, after battling prostate cancer since 2005. Adi was formerly the Director-General of Museums and Antiquities in Muzium Negara (National Museum), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He also served as President of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association from 2000-2004. He completed his MA in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at ANU in 1981, on his excavations in the Hoabinhian to Neolithic rock-shelter of Gua Cha in Kelantan. His PhD (2000) was on his further excavations in the two rock-shelters of Gua Peraling and Gua Bukit Chawas, also in Kelantan (Nenggiri River).

Adi was a valued colleague, and many will remember him from past IPPA congresses, not least the one held in Melaka in 1998, which he and I organized. He emailed me just before last Christmas from hospital, asking for articles to read on Southeast Asian prehistory. I am not sure if he had time to read them.

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