Rais to get Cambridge to return prehistoric skeletons BERNAMA, KUALA LUMPUR
Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim will leave for England next week to secure the return of prehistoric Cha Cave (Gua Cha) human skeletons currently kept at University of Cambridge’s MacDonald Institute of Archaeology.
The skeletons from the Kelantan cave, dated to about 5,000 years ago, were taken out of Malaysia in the 1950’s by the former Taiping Museum director, G. de G. Sieveking, to his house in the United Kingdom.
Sieveking (1925-2007) was a prehistoric archaeologist, best known for his work on flint and flint mines. A PhD student at the University of Cambridge, he carried out excavations in Malaysia in the 1950’s, notably at Cha Cave.