Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia, Volume 43, Dec. 1999, pp. 577 – 592
Department of Geology, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Abstract: Occurrence of ceramic sherds in recent coastal deposits in the Malaysian region can be used to date the deposits especially those less than about 1,000 years old. The sherds occurring in the region are mainly from wares of Chinese origin with lesser contributions from Southeast Asian and European provenances depending on the age of the deposit. The occurrence of sherd deposits from the Merbok estuary area, Kedah, Merang estuary area, Terengganu and Cape Rachado, Port Dickson are given as examples for the dating of the deposits using the sherds and also how they can be used to interpret processes at the time of deposition. To assist in the identification of the sherds in the Malaysian region a list of areas with sherd assemblages of known ages is drawn up covering the whole 1,000 years period.