Borneo Break: Trading in a Cave

Niah Cave which is located in Gunung Subis, has been gazetted as a National Historic Monument in 1958 and in 1974, some 3,100 hectares of surrounding rainforest and limestone hills were included to form Niah National Park. The park while being one of Sarawak's smaller national parks is by no means the least important. In fact, it is definitely one of the most important as the oldest modern human remains discovered in Southeast Asia were found here, thereby, making it one of the most important archaelogical sites in the world. Items found at Niah Cave include Pleistocene chopping tools and flakes, Neolithic axes, adzes, pottery, shell jewellery, boats, mats, iron tools and ceramics and glass beads dating to the Iron Age. The most famous find is of course, a human skull dated at around 38,000 years. Walking 3.5 km from the Park Headquaters, you would probably come to the Great Cave, but not before passing the Trader's Cave first which is really an extended rock overhang where in a long gone era, Chinese traders come to trade for Bird's nest and guano too...

At Trader's Cave...










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Comments

Liudmila said…
I like the caves, the air is so pure there. In those I could visit.
footiam said…
Itg's cool in there too but I wouldn't want to spend a night there. In places like Thailand, I heard monks meditate there!
Liudmila said…
Probably there are different sorts of grotto. I was in some where the persons go to heal astma because there is special air there and they can breath easily when they are there.
footiam said…
Over Niah, people come here to collect birds nest and guano.
Liudmila said…
Mmmm... probably the air is not for astmatics there...
footiam said…
Actually I haven't heard of people who try to cure ashtma this way!

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