"A freelance documentary filmmaker believes he has stumbled upon a Neolithic archaeological site in a cave near Semporna, in the east coast of Sabah.
Kuala Lumpur-based Michael Chick, 36, found bits and pieces of skeleton and broken pottery dating back 2,000 to 3,000 years in the U-shaped cave on Friday. “I saw something that looked like teeth, so I dug a bit and found what looked like fossilised human bones,” he said.
“Based on the pottery and its crude design, I assume it to be from the Neolithic era,” he said without wanting to give the exact location of the cave.
Chick hopes to hand over his findings to Sabah Museum officials.
He explained that carbon dating had to be done by experts to determine the age of the bones and pottery that he had collected. Chick and his team collected about 25 bones and about 30 bits and pieces of pottery. Archaeologist would be able to determine if the site was a burial ground or even if it were a human skeleton, he said.
He said the people of Semporna told him that a Universiti Sains Malaysia archaeological team led by Datuk Zuraini Majid had been exploring the caves early this year.
In 1991, Zuraini and her team unearthed the Perak Man, believed to be about 10,000 years old, in Lunggong Valley.
According to natives, if the skeletal remains found by Chick were not from the Neolithic era, then it could be that of people buried in jars as that was the practice in the olden days.
They said even the Chinese community practised putting their ancestors' bones in jars kept on high grounds and in caves in Sabah."
Article & photo from: Thestar.com.my