via Malaysiakini, 21 January 2020: Malaysia’s Department of National Heritage announces the discovery of stone tools from Gunung Pulai in Kedah, Malaysia, with dates of 17,000 years.
The National Heritage Department has found more than 100 prehistoric Paleolithic artifacts estimated to be 17,000 years old in several caves in Gunung Pulai here.
Artifacts in the form of stone tools, fragments of pottery and river snails were found at new excavation sites including Gua Kelambu, Gua Tembus and Gua Akar in the mountain.
National Heritage Department director-general Mesran Mohd Yusop, who is also the Heritage Commissioner, said the artifacts were discovered while his department was conducting explorations in the area between April and October last year.
“The exploration was to carry out documentation and inventory of the site to obtain the latest archaeological data and to identify any possible discovery of evidence that has not been discovered by previous researchers.