traders cave - niah national park (borneo)


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Trader's Cave - Niah National Park (Borneo)

Excavated in the 1950's, only minimal archaeological deposits were found in this cave.­ The structures that you see are remains of ancient 'roofless huts' made in ironwood or belian (Eusideroxylon Zawargeri).­ These huts were constructed and used as shelters by the birds' nest collectors and their families during the harvesting seasons.­ The cave is names for the collectors who sold or traded their harvest in return for products brought to the cave by traders from the towns.­ These huts were still in use till late 1970s.­

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