KOTA KINABALU: The Mansuli Valley in Sabah’s east coast Lahad Datu district houses the oldest human settlement in east Malaysia, archaeologists claim.
Tucked inside a forest reserve and accessible only by a dirt road, researchers stumbled upon a treasure trove in 2003, finding more than 1,000 stone tools that are believed to date back 235,000 years.
The research was jointly carried out by Universiti Sains Malaysia and Sabah Museum, which are also currently looking at other potential sites in the state’s interior Apin-Apin district in Keningau.
USM Centre for Global Archaeological Research director Prof Dr Mokhtar Saidin said the evidence showed people settled in Sabah during the Paleolithic period (also known as the Stone Age), 27,000 years earlier than previously thought. Read more.
KUALA TERENGGANU: An exhibition centre in a cave is being planned at the historical Gua Bewah in Tasik Kenyir.
“Gua Bewah is believed to be 1,500 years old and it has a lot of historical artefacts which can attract tourists,” said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said yesterday.
He said the cave gained prominence after the discovery of Malaysia’s oldest human skeleton there.
In March last year, Ahmad had said the skeletal remains were confirmed to be 16,000 years old.
He added that this made the skeleton the oldest in the country, followed by the Perak Man whose remains were 13,000 years old.
The Mentri Besar said the RM15mil three-storey exhibition centre that would showcase the state’s rich artefacts would incorporate green measures with plans to utilise solar or hybrid energy. Read more.
Stone tool artefacts — dated 1.83 million years old — have been found in a Lenggong oil palm plantation in Perak. SUBHADRA DEVAN finds out more about this possible World Heritage Site
UNIVERSITI Sains Malaysia Centre for Archaeological Research Malaysia director Assoc Prof Dr Mokhtar Saidin and his team found a suevite axe as well as flake and chopping tools in 2008, in rocks churned up by lorries in an area called Bukit Bunuh.
The hand-held axe Mokhtar uncovered looked good for slicing hide, cutting meat or dismembering carcasses.
The Lenggong Valley is home to a number of prehistoric sites, with important archaeological findings. These include Kota Tampan, Bukit Jawa at Kampung Gelok and Kampung Temelong.
The most famous archaeological finding in Lenggong is Perak Man, the 11,000-year-old human skeletal remains discovered in 1991. The Lenggong Archaeological Museum at Kota Tampan is a trove of prehistoric Malaya. Read more.