Seberang Perai Story Lecture:
Seberang Perai’s Archaeology and Epigraphic Treasures
Speaker: Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mokhtar Saidin
Date: 12 September 2015, Saturday.
Venue: 1st floor, Sri Ananda Bahwan Restaurant, 2985 Jalan Bagan Luar, Butterworth.
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Free admission. Limited seats only.
The Guar Kepah site is a significant coastal shell midden site in Seberang Perai, considered one of the earliest shell-midden sites to be excavated in Southeast Asia. Research has been conducted for more than 160 years by both foreign and local researchers, exposing significant evidence of coastal habitation during the mid-Holocence, around 4,000 – 5,000 years ago, through material remains such as mollusk shells, stone tools, pottery and human remains. Currently, the site holds the only evidence of marine adaptation by prehistoric humans living near the sea in Malaysia.
This talk will mainly discuss the site discovery, findings as well as the issues and challenges faced related to coastal habitation in Peninsular Malaysia in general, particularly in Penang.
Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mokhtar Saidin has been involved in the field of archaeology in Universiti Sains Malaysia since 1987, after obtaining his first degree in geology at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He acquired his Ph.D. from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1996, through doctoral coursework at Harvard University. He is Malaysia’s first archaeogeologist. His expertise is in the field of palaeo-environment, Palaeolithic culture and stone tools. With more than 20 years of experience in archaeological research throughout the country, he has led Palaeolithic studies in Peninsular and East Malaysia, covering key sites in Southeast Asian archaeology such as Kampung Temelong, Bukit Bunuh, Lawin, Tingkayu and Mansuli. He is also involved in international archaeological projects such as archaeological research in Kashmir Smast of Peshawar, Pakistan and international collaboration in the Islamic archaeology of Nusantara.
He has produced more than 100 academic publications, at both national and international levels, and several books especially on Malaysian archaeology and its impact to regional and world history. Since 2005, he has served as the Director of the Centre for Global Archaeological Research at Universiti Sains Malaysia.