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Some items from the press relating to caves

Contents :
Gua Kelam
Book on Perak cave temples
Gua - a board game inspired by Mulu caves
Wind Cave reopened after floods
Niah Cave human remains to return to Malaysia
Mulu Caves Project 2017


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Gua Kelam in disrepair

The year started with a report from NST on 3 Jan about the lack of maintenance at Gua Kelam in Perlis. Dark Future for Gua Kelam. The train into Gua Kelam 2 stopped running some time ago (2013?), see reports in Dec 2015.

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Study on Perak cave temples

Bernama on 6 Jan reported that a study would be done on some of the cave temples in Perak :

Publication Of Study On Chinese Temples In Cave Will Put Perak On World Map

IPOH, Jan 6 (Bernama) -- Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Kampar and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences today signed an agreement to publish a study on Chinese temples in caves around Ipoh which is put Perak on the world map.
State Health, Transport, National Integration, Non-Muslim Affairs and New Villages Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said the study would be conducted by UTAR and the Academy.
"Among temples selected are Nam To Ngam and Loong Thow Ngam Tao temples at Gunung Lang, Sam Poh Tong and Nam Thean Tong temples at Gunung Rapat," he told a press conference after the signing here, today.
Dr Mah said he was confident that the publication, expected to be released in July, could attract more Chinese tourists to Perak, especially Ipoh.
"Before this tourists from China will just stop over at two or three temples before travelling to other states.
"But with this book I am sure they will be attracted to see more and will spend a night in Ipoh," he said.

NST 5 Jan "China's publisher set to publish book on Perak's temple caves". The Star on 9 Jan also had an article on this book, "Book on cave temples to be launched".

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Gua - board game inspired by Mulu

The Borneo Post 11 Jan described a new board game called Gua - "BoBís new game inspired by Mulu Caves". BoB or Beast of Borneo is the publishing company that produced Gua.

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Wind Cave reopened after floods

Wind Cave at Bau is affected by flooding most monsoon seasons. In 2017 it was closed at the end of Jan, Borneo Post 31 Jan when water from the river outside flooded into the cave. The reserve was reopened again in Mar according to the Borneo Post 12 March. Fairy Cave was unaffected as it is high on the hill.

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Niah Cave human remains to return to Malaysia

Some 122 human remains from Niah Cave, which were taken to Nevada in the United States in the 1960s, will be returned to Sarawak in 2019. The collection came from Niah Cave excavations by Tom and Barbara Harrisson from 1947 to 1967. They found numerous stone and bone tools, shells and pottery as well as 262 human burials dating from 40,000 to 1,000 years ago. 122 of the burial remains were shipped to Nevada in 1966-67 to be studied by physical anthropologists and archaeologists Shelaigh and Richard Brooks. The collection was taken to the University of Nevada in Las Vegas (UNLV) after their retirement. At Sarawak they are preparing storage facilities to receive the Niah Cave collection, constructing a new museum campus, which will have a special space for sensitive artefacts including the Niah Cave collection. Read more in The Star, 23 March, "Niah Cave human remains to return; The Borneo Post, 23 Mar, Niah Cave collection to be returned to Sarawak, and NST, 22 Mar, Niah Cave collection of 116 human remains to be returned to Sarawak in 2019.

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Mulu Caves Project 2017

The Mulu Caves Project starts at end of March. They will be based at Mulu National Park Headquarters and the remote Hidden Valley. Main objectives are working in the cave systems under Gunung Api, especially Clearwater Cave (the 8th longest cave in the world at 215km surveyed length).
1) A team to follow leads in the extension to Wonder Cave in the Hidden Valley (found via Conviction Cave in 2015) pushing north into the deepest part of the mountain and a currently blank area for known cave.
2) To continue exploration and surveying in the high level Creedence Series in Clearwater Cave, with good prospects of significant extensions.
3) To connect Clearwater Cave with Racer Cave and Lagang's Cave to the south - potentially adding 15km to Clearwater's length, moving it up the rankings of the world's longest caves.
4) To climb into unexplored passages in the roof of Sarawak Chamber, the world's largest underground chamber (by floor area)....................
To see the results of the 2017 expedition, go to Mulu Caves Project.

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