Penang to seek Unesco heritage status for Guar Kepah neolithic site


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  • Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017

KEPALA BATAS: The Penang government will apply to make the Guar Kepah Archaeological Site a Unesco world heritage area. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said this was an effort to preserve and conserve the excavation site of what is believed to be the 5,000 to 6,000-year-old remains of a woman now known as the ‘Penang Woman’.

“The state government together with the Global Archaeological Research Centre of Universiti Sains Malaysia, the Seberang Prai Municipal Council, the Penang Chief Minister Incorporated and the National Heritage Department will ensure all documentation are recorded according to Unesco requirements.

“We will submit all information and documents to the Ministry of Tourism and Culture for further action, which is to apply to the Federal Government to get Unesco recognition,” he told reporters after visiting the Guar Kepah Archaeological Site here yesterday.

The remains were discovered on April 17 when the area was being dug up to lay the foundations for the Guar Kepah archaeological gallery, resulting in all digging being halted immediately to allow for excavation works.

The discovery of the remains proves the existence of Neolithic prehistoric man in Peninsular Malaysia. – Bernama

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