Team hopes to find more skeletons in Guar Kepah
GEORGE TOWN: Archaeologists carrying out excavation work at Guar Kepah in Kepala Batas hope to find more human skeletons, similar to the 5,710-year-old skeleton of a woman, discovered last month.
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Global Archaeological Research Centre director Professor Datuk Dr Mokhtar Saidin said they were hopeful of finding more human skeletons after discovering a third and the largest shell midden at the site.
“This is the only site discovered in Malaysia where bodies were buried in a shell midden. We are confident of finding more human remains as we dig further.
“We have so far dug up an area of 55 sq m. I am confident of finding more items as we go,” he said yesterday.
On April 17, Mokhtar and his team stumbled upon bone fragments at a shell midden under a vacated house during groundbreaking works for a RM830,000 prehistoric gallery on the site.
Mokthar’s team of archaeologists found a skull, a femur bone and a rib cage. They also found many pottery bits from the era.
The state government has since ordered the building of the gallery to be put on hold pending further dig-ups by the archaeological team.
Mokthar, the chief researcher of the Guar Kepah archaeological site, said the other two shell middens discovered at the site were not as intact as the third.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the gallery to display the findings could be ready within five to 10 years. He said the state government would make changes to the plans at the site.