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Deep Skull
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A skull belonging to a woman who lived about 37,000 years ago within Borneo. The skull was unearthed in 1958 and is still, at present, considered the eldest representative of homo sapiens on Borneo in Southeast Asia.

History of the Object
A museum excavation, led by then Sarawak Museum curator Tom Harrisson, unearthed this skull on 7 February 1958 at the West Mouth of Niah Cave. It was located at ‘Hell Trench’, dubbed by the excavators due to the heat and humidity within that part of the cave.

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Type
Architecture 
Materials
Bone 
Measurements
18 cm x 16.5 c, x 8 cm 
Creator name
 
Creator date
 
Where it was made
Niah Cave, Sarawak 
Geography
Malaysian Borneo 
Time period
- BCE 
Creation date
37,000 years ago or B.P. (Before present) 
Function
Human remains. 
Acquisition
A museum excavation, led by then Sarawak Museum curator Tom Harrisson, unearthed this skull on 7 February 1958 in Niah Cave. 
Copyright
Creative Commons, CC. 
Acknowledgements
Graeme Barker (2016) Darren Curnoe et al (2016) 
Owner
Sarawak State Government 
Museum
Sarawak Museum 
Credit line
Photo Credit: James Lo 

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