Don returns to complete report after 45 years


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  • Saturday, 06 Nov 2004

KUCHING: Researcher Prof Wiihelm Solheim, who carried out excavation work at Sireh Cave in Serian district in 1959, has come back to complete a report of his findings. 

Records show that 3,000 years ago, there were people living in the cave, which has been listed as an important archaeological site by the Sarawak Museum. 

Burial grounds were also found in the cave, which is open to tourists.  

Prof Solheim, from the University of Philippines, said he revisited the cave here in July to work on the report expected to be published in the Sarawak Museum Journal next year. 

During a public lecture entitled “Report on Gua Sireh excavation and related finds in South-East Asia” at Dewan Tun Abdul Razak here yesterday, he said he found various pottery carvings and decorations in the cave. 

He had also discovered basketry marks thought to be among the earliest in South-East Asia and basketry traps believed to have been used for fishing.  

Later responding to a question from the audience, Prof Solheim said further studies were needed to determine if the pottery and basketry art were similar to those of the Bidayuh and other tribes. 

There might also be links between the caves and certain groups of people in Vietnam.  

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