Muzium Negara Gallery A
This gallery traces the discovery of stone tools from the Paleolithic Age, up to the Hindu Buddhist era. It introduces you to the physical development of Malaysia and its culture from prehistoric times until the Hindu Buddhist era around 500 CE (Current Era or Christian Era)
- Permian Era
- Prehistory Era
- Proto History Era
Main Themes of Muzium Negara Gallery A
- Formation of Malaysian landforms and topography
- Archaeological Stratigraphy
- Historical Development of Malaysian Culture
- Prehistoric Burial & Belief Systems
- Reconstruction of cave dwellings and drawings
- Early trade
- Bujang Valley - the early Malay Kingdom
- Prehistory - before history. Term used to refer to the period before written history. By definition, as there are no written records to rely on, information on this period comes mainly from material sources like geology, archaeology and anthropology.
- Proto history - the period between prehistory and history. A time during which civilization has not developed its own writing but rely on writings of others. In Malaysia's case much of the writings of Chinese and Indian sources make references of the existence of cultures and administrative structures and social hierarchy in this part of the world.
- History - study of the past, particularly with written records. Sejarah Melayu or the Malay Annals describes the 15th century Melaka Sultanate.
The movement of earth's continents relative to one another. The hypothesis that continents drift was espoused as early as 1596 but was not widely accepted until the 20th century.
The continents once formed a single land mass called Pangea that broke and drifted apart. There are extensive evidence from fossil records proving that the continental drift did take place.
Three Age System
Learn about the 3 age systems in the Muzium Negara Gallery A. A periodisation of prehistory into 3 consecutive time periods based on their tool making abilities.
It was developed in the 1800s, before carbon dating and other advanced techniques were developed. Archaeologist had to rely on relative dating.
- Stone Age - divided into
- Pleistolithic or Old Stone Age from 1.8 million years to 11,500 BC
- Holocene or Middle Stone Age from 11,500 BC to 8,500 BC
- Neolithic Hoabinhian or New Stone Age from 8,500 to 3,000 BC
- Metal Age
- Bronze Age from 3,000 to 1,100 BC
- Iron Age from 1,100 BC to 500 AD
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