A total 30 pieces of wood believed to be from a merchant ship in the time of the Malacca Sultanate more than 500 years ago were found recently during an archaeological dig at Pulau Melaka.
State tourism, heritage and culture committee chairman Muhammad Jailani Khamis, said that besides the pieces of merbau (a hardwood), hundreds of old coins from the time of Sultan Mahmud (1488 – 1511) as well as the Dutch (VOC coins) and Portuguese occupation, and Ming and Qing dynasty porcelain shards, were unearthed.
“They were discovered during a rescue archaeology by the archaeology section of the National Heritage Department (JWN) and the Melaka Museum Corporation (Perzim) since March 25,” he told a press conference today.
He said the state government – via Perzim – will be taking immediate steps to ensure the excavation for artefacts, or national treasure, at Pulau Melaka continues so that they can be protected.
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