• Short Summary

    A hand brush and a trowel were the weapons used by archaeologists, in Malaya recently, against the corrosion of time when they set to unearth an ancient Hindu temple.

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    A hand brush and a trowel were the weapons used by archaeologists, in Malaya recently, against the corrosion of time when they set to unearth an ancient Hindu temple.

    Isolated on the Kedah Peak, amid tenacious and prolific undergrowth, this temple was first discovered eighteen years ago by Dr.Quaritoh Wales. For more years than any one can remember oddly chiselled stones in the area had aroused much curiosity and in investigating them the doctor first came upon a stone quarry which led him to the temple.

    In the years since Dr.Wales finished his studies in the area the jungle has reclaimed its inheritance. The University of Malaya Archaeological Society decided to rediscover it, and a team of its members hacked their way to the site, led by Mr.Alastair Lamb of the Kuala Lumpar Division of the University staff. Among the expedition were students from Singapore as well as from the Federation of Malayan States.

    Working steadily and carefully the archaeologist cleared the undergrowth and then the decomposed vegetation, finally they cautiously scraped the earth and adhering layers of stuff they gradually exposed the structure of the temple.

    By sketching what was to see and comparing their notes and drawings the team were able to build up a picture of what the temple looked like a thousand years ago, when first built.

    Hollowed stones showed where columns supporting the roof had stood, steps suggested how the temple was constructed on a platform and the outline of the site told that the temple was between 25 and 30 ft.high.

    Suddenly someone called out that there was a niche in one of the sanctuary walls. Painfully slowly the experts worked on the niche. Excitement grew. At last a casket was exposed. In it were the ashes of an ancient king of Kedah.

    This unexpected find constitutes an important discovery in Malayan archaeology. Expert will analyze the ashes to determine the age of them--- it will be in the region of a thousand years.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADWARFJPQNE3QWCQMT68HYLBW2
    Media URN:
    VLVADWARFJPQNE3QWCQMT68HYLBW2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/04/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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