Ever thought about what'll happen to your bones thousands of years after you die?
You might just end up as a research piece in a foreign university, like the hundred ancient human skeletons which were found in the Niah Caves between 1957 and 1967.
They're coming home
According to a report by Bernama, more than 100 skeletons were sent to a university in Florida, United States.
But now, we're bringing them back!
The 40,000-year-old remains have remained at the university for decades, but will be brought back to Malaysia soon, thanks to the Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Ministry.
The skeletons were reportedly found during an excavation by the state's first curator Tom Harisson, but were sent to University of Nevada in the US since the local university did not have the facilities for further research.
A total of 200 bones were excavated during the expidition, and 122 were sent to Nevada before being transferred to Florida on a later date.
“Fortunately, when we checked our archives, the bones were found to be on loan (to a US university), so we wrote to them saying we wanted them returned,” Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah was quoted as saying.
The bones will be displayed at the newly built Sarawak Museum Complex, expected to be opened within this year.
We hope the display will include the results of the researches done on the bones. They've survived a lot and we're sure they have amazing tales to tell.