Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Borneo's oldest Palaeolithic site found in Lahad Datu

KOTA KINABALU: More than 200,000 years ago, humans migrated to Borneo where an early settlement was recorded in Lahad Datu.

The discovery of the Mansuli site, about 50km from the Lahad Datu township, uncovered thousands of prehistoric artefacts dating back as early as 235,000 years ago.

Discovered by chance, Mansuli is believed to be the oldest Palaeolithic site in the Borneo archipelago.

Local-born archaeologist Jeffrey Abdullah said in 2003, a team was heading to the Gua Samang Buat archaeological site when they stumbled upon stone tools on the ground, about a kilometre from the cave.

"We dug the area to uncover more objects and the excavations revealed that the site had been used as a workshop to make stone tools during the Palaeolithic period.

"This proves that there was early settlement in the area and we've used optically stimulated luminescence dating (OSL dating) to find out when it occurred," he said at the "Malaysian Archaeology: Tracing The Ancient Society" exhibition at the Sabah Musuem here yesterday.

Present were state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Da-tuk Masidi Manjun, Sabah Museum director Joanna Kitingan and USM Global Archaeological Research Centre director Prof Dr Mokthar Saidin

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