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17 August 2008
Neolithic burial site discovered in Malaysia

A research team from the Centre For Archaeological Research Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and the Sarawak Museum Department has discovered an ancient burial site, believed to be from the Neolithic period, at Gua Kain Hitam in the Niah-Subis limestone hills in Batu Niah, Miri division.
     Sarawak Museum Department deputy director Ipoi Datan said the excavations at the site has so far uncovered more than eight human skeletons, dating back 2,000 to 3,000 years ago. "The human skeletons as well as the associated artifacts such as pottery, ornaments and food remains like shells and animal bones are currently being analysed in order to extract more information about the burials and lifestyles of the ancient people who lived in the Niah-Subis region during that time," he said in a statement.
     The Sarawak Museum Department is asking for public cooperation in not disturbing or encroaching into the site as the finds had no commercial value but only contained valuable research and academic significance, Datan said.

Source: Yahoo! News (1 August 2008)

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