Khamis, 8 Januari 2009

Foreign media and readers seek more info | The Star

PETALING JAYA: Media from all over the world have swamped The Star with calls asking for more information on the Kota Gelanggi lost city, its whereabouts in Johor and independent researcher Raimy Che-Ross.

Calls came from FujiTV, NHK Japan, Radio Australia, AFP, BBC and several other foreign media.

Readers of The Star also flooded the office with calls from as early as 8.30am.
Many of the callers were confused over the Johor site and the Kota Gelanggi cave complex in Pahang, a site known for its pre-historic links, about 30km from Jerantut.

Six years ago, a team of archaeologists unearthed artefacts there believed to be more than 1,500 years old in one of the caves.
The relics included pottery, hunting tools, weapons and ornamental pieces.
It indicated a settlement of early humans in the Kota Gelanggi caves known as the “Hoabinhian” or the “Neolitic” people of the more advanced Stone Age. They were believed to have lived there until the Bronze Age.

Archaeologist William Cameron, who visited the site in 1882, recorded the early human settlements.

The site was gazetted by the Pahang government as a Historical Heritage Area in 1995.

The 1,000-year-old lost city in Johor, on the other hand, is believed located in dense jungle.

Raimy's discovery of what is thought to be the site of Kota Gelanggi or Perbendaharaan Permata (Treasury of Jewels) has prompted museum officials to plan an expedition to confirm his findings.

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