MALACCA: Malacca is confident of recovering artefacts dating back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) along Sungai Kesang following the discovery of ancient graves near the border with Johor.
Malaysian Art Institute (Isma) general manager Dr Mohd Nasruddin Rahman said porcelain pieces belonging to the Ming Dynasty has already been unearthed along the archaeological sites between Kampung Chohong and Kampung Chin Chin in Jasin and Tangkak, Johor.
“We are exploring further from the site to the riverside of Sungai Kesang in search of artefacts belonging to the Yuan Dynasty.
“The river was once a waterway for traders and undiscovered civilisations could predate the Malacca Sultanate founded by Parameswara.
“We will conduct comprehensive research before submitting our papers to support the existence of early civilisation,” he said.
Dr Mohd Nasruddin said an eminent French archaeologist is part of the expedition team searching for more relics at the site.
He said his team is looking for more burial sites to unearth evidence of earlier civilisations.
On the newly discovered gravesites, Dr Mohd Nasruddin revealed that the grave markers were shaped differently compared to those found during the Malacca Sultanate era.
The markers, he noted, looked like “star fruit” which has elicited the interest of historians.
Kg Chohong Village headman Abdul Razak Isa said dozens of grave sites were found after land clearing recently.
“Village folk have been keeping their distance from the graves as they realise their importance.
“Some of the grave are situated between the kampung houses and spread over the border with Johor,” he said.