GUA TAMBUN

Gua Tambun is a prehistoric rock art site situated in Gunong Panjang limestone hill, just outside the border of Ipoh Town. Gua Tambun was once known as a sanctuary for local spiritual ceremony or as an oracle site. Over the years, researchers discovered huge clusters of prehistoric rock art on its west-facing cliff. These rock paintings, collective known as Tambun Rock Art, were dated to approximately 4,000 -2,500 years ago.

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Gua Tambun Heritage Awareness Project #GTHAP

Gua Tambun Heritage Awareness Project (#GTHAP) is a heritage initiative driven by a group of heritage researchers and students from Universiti Sains Malaysia. This project is initiated and headed by Dr. Goh Hsiao Mei from CGAR, USM in partnership with local NGOs and local community of Perak. Considering the increasing conservation and management issues of Gua Tambun, this project aims to save the Tambun Rock Art through local conservation effort. #GTHAP is the first community-driven heritage project being launched in Tambun, Ipoh between the collaboration of USM and local community.

The primary objectives of the collaborative Gua Tambun Heritage Awareness Project (#GTHAP) are:

  1. to create momentum for rock art preservation and conservation in Gua Tambun and Peninsular Malaysia through the promotion of heritage awareness;
  2. to encourage local involvement and channel local effort in rock art conservation;
  3. to offer opportunities for local capacity building through public education and outreach, that include:
    1. rock art interpretation and presentation
    2. rock art site management and conservation
    3. specialised tourist guiding in rock art site
  4. to connect people to Tambun’s rich prehistoric past; and
  5. to create a long-term partnership and collaboration among heritage professionals, authorities,local NGOs and local community.

#GTHAP Phasing

Up until present, the movement of #GTHAP for 2015/2016 cycle comprises three major phases:

  1. Phase I : June 2015 - Oct 2015
    • launching of GTHAP
    • Develop a strategic campaign plan
    • Identifying stakeholders and establish local partnership
    • Gua Tambun Rock Art Trail (Community heritage walk)
    • Community engagement and outreach
    • Fundraising for public archaeology and educational workshops/talks

  2. Phase II : Nov 2015 - March 2016
    • Gua Tambun Rock Art Trail (Community heritage walk)
    • Public archaeology and educational workshops/talks
    • Research grants application and fundraising
    • Community capacity building, engagement and outreach
    • Archaeological research (will be conducted over 12-24 months)
    • Publication

  3. Phase III : April 2016 - September 2016
    • Community capacity building, engagement and outreach
    • Gua Tambun Rock Art Trail (Community heritage walk)
    • Archaeological research (will be conducted over 12-24 months)
    • Stakeholder linkage and governance
    • Development of Conservation Management Plan Up until present, the movement of #GTHAP for 2015/2016 cycle comprises three major phases

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