Artifacts in Bewah Cave

More Uncovered Artifacts In Bewah Cave.
KUALA TERENGGANU, March 4 (Bernama) -- The Terengganu Museum Board believes that there are more historic artifacts waiting to be uncovered in the Bewah Cave in Lake Kenyir here.

Its director, Mohd Yusof Abdullah, said that as such, the museum would continue its efforts to find the artifacts and the excavation works would begin on March 15.

"We believe that there are more pre-historic community-related artifacts buried in the Bewah Cave and other nearby caves like the Taat Cave. Hence, we will continue our excavation works," he told Bernama here today.

On Feb 6, archaeologists from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, the Museums Department and the Terengganu Museum stumbled upon human skeletal remains, believed to be from the Mesolithic Age, in the Bewah Cave.

The remains, believed to be those of a youth, are estimated to be between 8,000 and 11,000 years old,

Mohd Yusof said that throughout their excavation works in the cave, they had found over 600 artifacts like human and animal skeletal remains, food waste and earthenware, believed to be over 10,000 years old.

"We will send the artifacts to be analysed so that we can ascertain whether they are from the Mesolithic or Neolithic Age. The excavation of the artifacts in the Bewah Cave is vital for the museum to determine the roots of the people of Terengganu," he said.

Mohd Yusof also said that the Kemaman Museum, which was undergoing renovation, was expected to be reopened to the public by year end.

It was the second museum built in Terengganu, after the Dungun Museum.

-- News from BERNAMA.COM