Thursday, August 26, 2004


Artifacts From Limau Manis River On Exhibit


By Laila Rahman

Bandar Seri Begawan - The Brunei Museum at Kota Batu yesterday launched an exhibition and a book on the artifacts unearthed at the Limau Manis River archaeological site.

The guest of honour at the function was Pehin Dato Seri Paduka (Dr.) Haji Awang Hussain, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.

Also present at the ceremony were the Director of Museums and foreign ambassadors and high commissioners.

The ceremony began with the welcoming remarks by Pengiran Dr. Karim bin Pengiran Haji Osman, the Curator of Archaeology cum the chairperson of the exhibition committee.

In his speech, he explained that the `Secrets from the River' showcase was one of the exhibitions initiated by the Brunei Museum to attract visitors.

The Limau Manis River archaeological site is situated at Kampong Limau Manis in Mukim Pengkalan Batu in the Brunei-Muara District.

It was discovered when a local company was carrying out a project to expand and deepen the river. The Archaeology Department was informed on the discovery on Oct 19, 2002 by the local residents.

Excavating work at the site commenced on Oct 21, 2002. Till now, it has unearthed 52,637 artifacts, comprising mostly of Chinaware dating back to the 10th to 13th centuries, which coincided with the Sung and Yuan Dynasties of China.

He added that the result of their analysis showed that the artifacts are more than 1,000 years old. This finding is not only important to the nation but also to the research work on the archaeological site.

The exhibition aims to create greater public awareness on the importance to preserve and maintain the country's heritage.

The highlight of yesterday's ceremony was the launching of the book entitled 'Limau Manis River - Archaeology Site of the 10th till 13th Centuries' by the minister.

The book can be purchased at the museum in Kota Batu.

At the end of the ceremony the guest of honour toured the exhibition to get a closer look at the artifacts on display. -- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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