Ting (centre) with (from left) University of Florida graduate Ashley Deutsch, Krigbaum, Tazudin, Barker, Ipoi and University of Florida undergraduate Rachel Lotze at the welcoming dinner. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: Some 230 participants who attended a seminar titled ‘The Return of Niah Skeletal Collections — Long Journey Home’ were treated to a dinner on Thursday night.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Assistant Minister Datuk Sebastian Ting attended the event held at the Waterfront Hotel here.

Prior to the dinner, participants attended a one-day seminar which provided exposure on past archaeological research related to Niah Caves as well as in preserving the cultural heritage of Sarawak.

The seminar was in line with the ministry’s final phases in efforts to bring home the Niah skeletal collection from the University of Florida, United States of America.

The dinner also witnessed local traditional dance and musical performances.

Also present were Sarawak Museum Department acting director Tazudin Mohtar, University of Florida lecturer Dr John Krigbaum, Niah Caves archaeological researcher Dr Graeme Barker and Sarawak Museum Department former director Ipoi Datan.