Malaysian archaeology exhibition at Sabah Museum

An exhibition on the archaeology of Malaysia recently opened at the Sabah Museum, highlighting the archaeology of Mansuli, a palaeolithic site that may date as far back as 235,000 years.

Borneo’s oldest Palaeolithic site found in Lahad Datu [Link no longer active]
New Straits Times, 10 April 2012

Archaeologists hit ‘gold’ at Mansuli
The Star, 10 April 2012

More than 200,000 years ago, humans migrated to Borneo where an early settlement was recorded in Lahad Datu.

The discovery of the Mansuli site, about 50km from the Lahad Datu township, uncovered thousands of prehistoric artefacts dating back as early as 235,000 years ago.

Discovered by chance, Mansuli is believed to be the oldest Palaeolithic site in the Borneo archipelago.
Local-born archaeologist Jeffrey Abdullah said in 2003, a team was heading to the Gua Samang Buat archaeological site when they stumbled upon stone tools on the ground, about a kilometre from the cave.

“We dug the area to uncover more objects and the excavations revealed that the site had been used as a workshop to make stone tools during the Palaeolithic period.

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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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