The Guar Kepah Archaeological Gallery in Kepala Batas and the Wadda Gurdwara Sahib building have been listed as national heritage sites under the National Heritage Act 2005.
In welcoming the good news, State Tourism and Creative Economy Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said the listing is in line with the state government’s initiative to preserve and protect its heritage sites.
In April 2017, a prehistoric human skeleton, believed to be at least 5,000 years old, was uncovered during the construction of a gallery for the Guar Kepah neolithic site near Kepala Batas.
Researchers found a skull, a femur bone and a rib cage beneath the floor of a house which had been demolished to make way for the gallery.
The skeletal remains, dubbed the “Penang Woman”, was the first and only remaining neolithic skeleton found in a shell midden in Malaysia.