TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The third branch of the National Museum of Prehistory began its soft opening in Tainan City on Dec. 26, with the museum to fully open to the public in early 2019.
The museum showcases Taiwan’s deep prehistory, and is dedicated to displaying archeological treasures and other artifacts found during the construction of the Southern Taiwan Science Park.
During the 1990’s, 58 archeological sites were discovered during construction of the science park, and this depth of discovery led to the construction of the new museum, according to the Ministry of Culture.
The museum will display a host of artifacts from the region which looked distinctly different in the distant past. Over 3,500 years ago, the area which is now the science park was a coastal area, where seashells, stone tools, and pottery shards were found.
"Over 8 million artifacts from six major archeological periods dating from over 5,000 to 300 years ago have been uncovered from these 58 sites in the science park area," said Vice Minister of Culture Lee Lien-chuan (李連權), at the opening ceremony.
"These include over 2,000 intact human remains that have preserved the lifestyles and customs of these early settlers," he added.
The opening ceremony was also attended by elders from the Siraya tribe, as well as a host of officials.
The National Museum of Prehistory’s Southern Taiwan Science Park Branch is currently available for group appointments, with the museum to fully open to the public sometime in early 2019.