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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Photos of the beautiful natural caves in the Niah National Park (Borneo).
The Great Cave is very large with huge chambers, up to 75m high, and a network of tunnels covering 10 hectares. The Niah caves contain archaeological artifacts including boat-shaped coffins, wall paintings and human remains.
For more information about Niah National Park, read en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niah_National_Park .
Niah can be reached from the town of Miri in the North of Sarawak. A visit to the caves is complicated and takes a lot of time, due to the lack of easy transportation to the site. Some day I'll write about this adventure, and what I saw in the caves. Stay tuned!
Photos taken in the Malaysian states of Borneo island (Sarawak and Sabah).