Pottery technology from Bukit Tengkorak, a 3000-5000 year old site in Borneo, Malaysia

Pamela B Vandiver, Stephen Chia

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Bukit Tengkorak is a Neolithic period rock shelter complex and prehistoric pottery production site in southeastern Sabah in Borneo, Malaysia. The main archaeological materials excavated revealed large deposits of clays that were brought to the shelter to be used as raw material for making pottery. Five thousand pottery sherds formed the main portion of the finds followed with 1500 stone artifacts. The large quantities of molluscs comprised mainly marine varieties while fish and animal bones added to a total of about 150 kg. The ecological, geomorphological and archaeological evidence suggested that the site was used in prehistoric times as a Neolithic pottery making site and stone tool producing site by marine-adapted people.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
EditorsP.B. Vandiver, J.R. Druzik, J.F. Merkel, J. Stewart
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1996 MRS Fall Symposium - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Dec 3 1996Dec 5 1996


OtherProceedings of the 1996 MRS Fall Symposium
CityBoston, MA, USA


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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Vandiver, P. B., & Chia, S. (1997). Pottery technology from Bukit Tengkorak, a 3000-5000 year old site in Borneo, Malaysia. In P. B. Vandiver, J. R. Druzik, J. F. Merkel, & J. Stewart (Eds.), Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings (Vol. 462, pp. 269-277). MRS.