via the Star, 24 April 2022: Highlights from the newly-opened Borneo Cultures Museum.
The Borneo Cultures Museum showcases a wide range of artefacts and extraordinary exhibits that represent Sarawak’s rich culture and history through the ages.
Here are some of the museum’s star attractions.
Niah ‘Deep Skull’
This skull was among several bone fragments discovered from excavation works within a deep trench in the Niah Caves in 1958. Early studies suggested that the skull belonged to a young man, but it was later found to be that of a young woman. Charcoal samples date her burial to about 35,000 years ago while 2016 research suggests that the fragments came from an early indigenous South-East Asian population. Stone tools found in the trench are evidence of early human settlement in Borneo around 50,000 years before present.