traders cave - niah national park (borneo)

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!

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Photos taken in the Malaysian states of Borneo island (Sarawak and Sabah).­