Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Archaeological park for Sarawak by 2019, featuring artefacts dating 1,500 years old

SANTUBONG: Sarawak will soon have its own archaeological park featuring artefacts estimated to be more than 1,500 years old.

The park, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, will become a state legacy for Sarawak’s youth.

Abang Johari said that the construction of the park was expected to begin next year and that it will be open to visitors by 2019.

The state government, he said, was committed in ensuring that state’s culture and heritage, are well-preserved for the future generation, historians and tourists alike.

Abang Johari said Santubong is home to several artefacts including stones believed to be more than 1,500 years old.

“These (treasures) are part of our history and our heritage, which made us a unique society,” he said.

He added that research has shown that Santubong was the entry point of Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism in Borneo apart from being a major port of call for the Chinese traders then.