Our guides, Sylvester and Tony, with hunting dog on a Kelabit trail
Remember the pig chase? If you’ve been a reader here for a while, you may recall the story of a wild-boar hunt in the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak. This wasn’t the entire story. What I didn’t tell you at the time was the reason that prompted our presence in these forests: ancient burial sites. Dozens of megaliths, burial jars and other archaeological treasures are scattered throughout the Kelabit jungles. These sites have never been studied by archaeologists (yet), and the Kelabit people are struggling to save a heritage they know little about. Many of these highland forests are slated for logging. Locals worry they may lose the keys to their past.
You can read more in the current issue of Archaeology (or the online abstract).
One of Tony’s hunting dogs with burial jar in the jungle