SARAWAK GOVERNMENT SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

ZAPHNE PHILIP

KUCHING, Feb 26 (Bernama) -- The Sarawak government has signed an agreement with the University of Florida to cooperate in the field of museum and archeology, Sarawak Tourism, Culture and Arts Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said today.

He said the event was held in Grainesville, Florida, yesterday where he, his ministry's Permanent Secretary, Hii Chang Kee and Sarawak Museum acting director, Tazudin Mohtar, represented the state government.

"The University of Florida is represented by its president Kent Fuchs and the dean of its international centre, Prof Leonardo Villalon," he said in a press statement issued here.

He said the event was also part of his visit to the university, which was also aimed at bringing back the more than 4,000-year-old Niah Cave collection of bones obtained by researchers at the university to Sarawak.

"The neolithic-era bones, brought to the United States in 1967 for research and further study, were discovered in the 1950s by a team of researchers led by the then Sarawak Museum Curator, Tom Harrison," he said.

 

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He said a ceremony to fete the bringing back of the prehistoric bones would be held next week, followed by a special seminar on March 5 in Kuching.

"The collection will be among the major exhibits at the new Sarawak Museum Complex, which will be launched later this year," he said.

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TAGS: Archeology, Bones collection, Neolitic Age, Abdul Karim, University of Florida, Tom Harrison