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PLACES OF INTEREST IN TAWAU > Skull Hill
|In the 9th Malaysia Plan, 60
monuments and historical sites to be upgraded to attract more
Among these sites are Fort Alice in Sarawak and Bukit Tengkorak in Sabah
BUKIT TENGKORAK ARCHAEOLOGICAL HERITAGE SITE 18-12-2012 TUE
TAPAK WARISAN ARKEOLOGI BUKIT TENGKORAK
10 minutes drive away from Semporna town
Bukit Tengkorak Archaeological Heritage Site
This site reveals evidence of people traveling between New Britain, Melanesia near Papua New Guinea and Borneo Island 3,000 years ago.
Volcanic glass used to make tools
have been found here that can be traced toTalasea in New Britain,
Archaeologists believe long-distance sea trade and migration between Southeast Asia and the Pacific left behind what is known as the Lapita culture of pottery, tools and ornaments.
It was one of the longest trade
routes in the world during the Neolithic period.
|Photo above : Panorama of Semporna Town and the
islands from an elevation of 500 feet.
The location has an open archeological site and a museum building.
Lots of pottery, shell-middens, and other items in some small caves and rock-shelters on a pretty volcanic dome.
The plank walks and covered shelters make it a great picnic spot.
Skull Hill Archaeological Museum Heritage opened to the public in mid-July 2011
Museum's exhibits are in collaboration with Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and Department of National Heritage.
Skull Hill Archaeological Museum Heritage is Among the most IMPORTANT Archaeological sites in Malaysia.
Hill skull has been identified as one of the largest pottery manufacturing sites in Southeast Asia in the Neolithic era that is about 3,000 years ago.
The results of such research found hundreds of thousands of pieces of prehistoric pottery decorated with intricate patterns.
Projects worth RM4.2 million that includes the construction of Building Heritage Gallery, home of researchers, officials, public toilets, information boards and the observers platform.
Besides seeing valuable historical treasures, visitors to the Skulls Hill can also see the beautiful waters of Sipadan Island at an altitude of about 152 meters (500 feet) above sea level.
Bukit Tengkorak was a major pottery making site in Southeast Asia between 4340 BC and 50 BC.
An open site archaeological museum.
Archaeological research done between 1994 and 1995 by Universiti Sains Malaysia in co-operation with the Sabah Museum, uncovered pottery shards in layers of ash, which are probably remnants of open kilns used for firing pottery.
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