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Prof. Dato' Dr. Mokhtar Saidin

Professor
B.Sc. (Hons.) Geology (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) 1987
M.A. Archaeology (Universiti Sains Malaysia) 1993
Ph.D. Archaeology (Universiti Sains Malaysia) 1998
 
Email: mmokh@usm.my
Tel: 04 653 3840
Building: B15
 
Research Interests:
 
 

About

I am the Director of the Centre for Global Archaeological Research (CGAR), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. My education background dates back to 1987 when I obtained my Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Geology from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Then, I pursued my studies in Universiti Sains Malaysia where I received my Master’s degree in Archaeology in 1993. Finally, I received my PhD degree in Archaeogeology from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1998.

I have been involved in archaeological works since 1987, working as a Research Officer (1987-1990 & 1993-1994) and a Graduate Assistant (1991-1992) for Projek Arkeologi Malaysia, USM. When the Projek Arkeologi Malaysia was upgraded into the Centre for Archaeological Research Malaysia (CARM), USM, I worked as a Graduate Student (1995-1997) and a lecturer from 1997 up until now. CARM was then upgraded into CGAR and I have been appointed as the Director on October 2005. Aside from CGAR, I am also the Vice-President of the Ikatan Ahli Arkeologi Malaysia and the UISPP (SEA). Currently, I have been appointed as a scientific editor for Lithic Studies, UK and editor of Heritage Journal, Malaysia.

I am involved in various research and preservation projects in natural and archaeological heritage such as the Jerai Geopark Promotion and Development (2016), Penang Botanical Garden Archaeological Consultant (2016),  Archaeological Consultant of UEM Sunrise Berhad, Johor (2015), Lengong Valley Dossier Writing for World Heritage Site (2009-2012) and EIA Archaeological Consultant to Petronas Gas Pipeline in Bakun Dam Project in Sarawak (2003) as well as Peninsular Malaysia (1990-1995). I am also a member of various committees such as the head of Jerai Geopark Promotion and Development Committtee (2016), member in “Jawatankuasa Tapak Hutan Simpan Bakau UNESCO Biosfera”, Kedah (since 2015), member in National Geopark Committee, Ministry of Natural Resources (since 2010), member in National Geological Expert Committee of National Heritage Department (since 2009), head of National Archaeological Expert for National Heritage Department since 2009, member in “Jawatankuasa Penilaian Pampasan Objek dan Objek warisan Ketara” for National Heritage Department (2016/17), head of Penang Botanical Garden Archaeological Consultant (2016), head of Archaeological Consultant for UEM Sunrise Berhad, Johor (2015), member of Consultant committee in Lenggong Valley Dossier writing for world heritage site nomination (2009-2012), committee member and researcher of EIA Archaeological Consultants for Bakun Dam Project in Sarawak (2003) and Petronas Gas Pipeline in Peninsula Malaysia (1999-2000).

I have received numerous international, national and university research grants such as USM Programme Pillar 5: Academic & Student Development - World Class Programme in Pakistan (2014) and Classification of Acheh tombstone in Lamuri site, Acheh, Indonesia. My research findings have been published in books, monographs, conference papers, articles, chapters in books, journals, magazines, documentaries and invited talks at international and national levels. 4 PhD and 10 Master’s students have graduated under my supervision. Currently, I am supervising 18 PhD students and 12 Master’s students.

Publications

Year 2019

Journal & Join Publications

Goh H.M., Shahidan S., Saidin M., Curnoe D., Mendoza R., Adler L., Saw C.Y., Eng K.K., Bujeng V., Narayanen S., Abdullah J., 2019. Revisiting the 3000-year-old Neolithic burial ground of Gua Harimau, West Malaysia. Archaeological Research in Asia. 18:120-129. SCOPUS.

Goh H.M., Saw C.Y., Shahidan S., Saidin M., Curnoe D., 2019. Community heritage engagement in Malaysian archaeology: A case from the prehistoric rock art site of Tambun. Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage. 6(2):110-121. SCOPUS.

Ng E.P., Abdullahi H, Lee H.L. Wong K.L., Gines-Molina M.J., Maireles-Tores P.,Rigolet S., Daou T.J. and Chia S., 2019. Ultrasmall Cs-AIMCM-14 basic catalysts:effects of aluminium addition on their physic-chemical and catalytic properties, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 288.

Saidin M., Shahidan S., 2019. Engaging archaeology through performing arts: Prospect and challenges in Malaysia. Wacana Seni. 18:1-9. SCOPUS.

Rosli N., Ismail N.A., Mansor H., Saidin M., 2019. Resistivity characterisation of shallow stratigraphy in delineating shell midden at Guar Kepah, Penang, Malaysia. Journal of Physical Science. 30(1):99-110. SCOPUS.

Rahman N., Ismail N.A., Saidin M., 2019. Shell mound investigation at Guar Kepah (Penang, Malaysia) using 2-D resistivity imaging for archaeological study. Journal of Physical Science. 30(1):17-23. SCOPUS.

Anda S.T., Saad R., Saidin M., Andika F., Muhammad S.B., Yusoh R., 2019. Utilisation of seismic refraction method in producing shale topography map of Sungai Batu ancient river. Journal of Physical Science. 30(1):169-178. SCOPUS.

Mustapha Adejo Mohammed, Rosli Saad, Nur Azwin Ismail, Sabiu Bala Muhammad, Amsir Taib and Mokhtar Saidin, 2019. Subsurface Soil Evolution using seismic Refraction Tomography and Standard Penetration Test at Bukit Bunuh Impact Crater Area. Natural and Engineering Sciences, 2019, 4(1): 1-10.

Husni A., Saryulis, Ibrahim H., Saidin M., 2019. An investigation of archaeological remains at Lamreh site, Aceh, Indonesia and their context within the Lamuri kingdom. International Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies. 15(2):59-88. SCOPUS.

Siti Khairani Abd Jalil, Jeffrey Abdullah, Mokhtar Saidin and Shyeh Sahibul Karamah Masnan, 2019. Use-wear experiment: Functions of impact rock flake tools from Bukit Bunuh, Perak. Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia. 68:45-55. SCOPUS.

Year 2017

Journal & Join Publications

  • Long Xiang Queka, Azman A.Ghani, Sun-LinChungb, Shan Li, Yu-Ming Lai, Mokhtar Saidin, Meor H. Amir Hassan, Muhammad Afiq Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Hafifi Badruldin, Ahmad Farid Abu Bakar, 2017. Mafic microgranular enclaves (MMEs) in amphibole-bearing granites of the Bintang batholith, Main Range granite province: Evidence for a metaigneous.  Journal of Asian Earth Sciences. (143) 11-29. SCOPUS.

Proceedings

  • Zakaria M Ta, Muztaza N Ma, Saad Ra, Ismail N A, Saidin M M, 2017. Utilizing of Seismic Refraction Method for Subsurface Exploration in Sungai Batu, Kedah. AIP Conference Proceeding. (1861)(1)
  • S. Nabila, M.M Nordiana, I.N Azwin, Mokhtar Saidin, 2017. Analyzing Soil Electrical and Strength Parameters using Geophysical Methods in Sungai Batu, Kedah. AIP Conference Proceeding. (1861)(1)
  • Y. C. Kiu, S. Rosli, I. N. Azwin, S. Mokhtar, 2017. The General Indications of An Impact Crater using Integrated Geophysical Methods. AIP Conference Proceeding. (1861)(1)
  • M. Jinmin, S. Rosli, M. M. Nordiana, S. Mokhtar, 2017. Trilogy Possible Meteorite Impact Crater at Bukit Bunuh, Malaysia using 2-D Electrical Resistivity Imaging. AIP Conference Proceeding. (1861)(1)
  • A. A. Bery , M. M. Nordiana, M. K. A. Nur Amalina , Y. C. Kiu , M. Saidin, A. Mohammad-Afiq , and A. M. NurAmalina, 2017. Subsurface Imaging using Integration of Electrical Resistivity Imaging and Geotechnical Engineering Methods in Penang, Malaysia. AIP Conference Proceeding. (1861)(1)
  • MKA Amalina, MM Nordiana, Rosli Saad, Mokhtar Saidin, 2017. Enhancing Magnetic Interpretation Towards Meteorite Impact Crater at Bukit Bunuh, Perak, Malaysia. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science (62)(1-7)

Other Journal

  • Siti Khairani Jalil, Jeffrey Abdullah, Mokhtar Saidin dan Peter Molijol, 2017. Analisis Awalan Plot Profil Permukaan Dalam Kajian Fungsi Alat Repeh Tingkayu. Jurnal Arkeologi Malaysia. (30)(13-24)
  • Noridayu Bakry, Jeffrey Abdullah dan Mokhtar Saidin, 2017. Alat kapak genggam Asia Tenggara: Isu dan perdebatan. Jurnal Arkeologi Malaysia. (30)(65-74)
  • Nurulnatasha Azman, Jeffrey Abdullah, Mokhtar Saidin dan Peter Molijol, 2017. Kajian Seramik Dagangan Di Sabah. Jurnal Arkeologi Malaysia. (25-36)
  • Saad R, Muztaza MN, Zakaria MT and Saidin MM, 2017. Application of 2D Resistivity Imaging and Seismic Refraction Tomography to Identify Sungai Batu Sediment Depositional Origin. Journal of Geology and Geophysics. (6)(1)(1-5)

Research

Research: 2016-2014

  1. Mokhtar Saidin (2016) Kajian Arkeologi Sg. Batu (Tambahan peruntukan), RU, RM250,000.00
  2. Mokhtar Saidin (2016) Peruntukan Khas Aktiviti (Profesor Kunjungan) - Prof. Emeritus Dato' Dr. Ibrahim Komoo- Kajian Geopark Jerai, RU, RM150,000.00  
  3. Mokhtar Saidin (2016) Penyelidikan Arkeologi Malaysia dan Global (Tambahan peruntukan), RU, RM250,000.00
  4. Mokhtar Saidin (2016)  Of The Past, For the Future : The Conservation & Management of Prehistoric Rock Art of Gua Tambun, Malaysia (Penyelidik Bersama), Jangka Pendek, RM35,773.15
  5. Mokhtar Saidin (2015-2016) Development of Refined of EDX & WDX in Archaeological Study : Case Study in Bukit Bunuh Archaeological Site (Penyelidik Bersama), Jangka Pendik, RM32,700.00
  6. Mokhtar Saidin (2015-16) Kajian Arkeologi Sg. Batu (Tambahan peruntukan), RU, RM1,000,000.00
  7. Mokhtar Saidin (2015-16) Arkeologi Bukit BUnuh (Tambahan peruntukan), DE2012, RM350,000.00
  8. Mokhtar Saidin (2015) OP Gangga 2015 – Hutan Simpan Kekal, Bubu, Beruas, Perak, Kementerian Pertahanan, RM25,000.00
  9. Mokhtar Saidin (2015-2016) Pemindahan Artifak Tapak 11/3 Candi Sungai Batu, Lembah Bujang, Merbok, Kedah ke Tapak sementara yang bersesuaian, Kerajaan negeri Kedah, RM80,000.00
  10. Mokhtar Saidin (2015-16) “PROJEK PENYELIDIKAN ARKEOLOGI MALAYSIA DAN GLOBAL, Geran RU, RM480,000.00
  11. Mokhtar  Saidin  (2013-2015)  “KTP -  berasakan  kajian  arkeologi  Sungai  Batu”,  Geran  Flagship  KTP, Kementerian Pendidikan, RM198,000.00.
  12. Mokhtar Saidin (2014) “Arkeologi Sungai Batu” , RU. RM1,000,000.00.
  13. Mokhtar Saidin (2013-2014) “Aktiviti penyelidikan di Pakistan hasil MoA Universiti Sains Malaysia dan University of Penshawar”, Geran International Research and Collaboration Fund (IReC), RM301,869.00.
  14. Mokhtar Saidin (2012-2014) “Arkeogeologi Bukit Bunuh”, Geran DE2012, Universiti Sains Malaysia, RM2,500,000.00.
  15. Mokhtar Saidin (2014) Program APEX PILLAR 3 : APEX SHARING; 3.4 : Apex Knowledge Transfer Program USM dan IDR, RU, RM20,000.00
  16. Mokhtar Saidin (2014) Program PILLAR 5 :Academic & Students Development - World Class Programmes- Pakistan, RU, RM25,000.00
  17. Mokhtar Saidin (2014) Pemasangan Khemah Pemuliharaan & Pemeliharaan di Tapak Sungai Batu, Lembah Bujang, Kedah, RU, RM1,050,621.00
  18. Mokhtar Saidin (2014) Membiayai Pegawal Keselamatan di Tapak Sungai Batu, Lembah Bujang, Kedah, RU, RM350,000.00

Teaching

UNDER-GRADUATE TEACHING (Minor Programme)

Course Coodinator:

UAW 304/4 – Archaeological Excavation

Lecture topic:

a) Bujang Valley Archaeology and Artifacts: Scientific Analysis and Report Writing

 

Teaching & Learning:

1). UAW 101/4 – Introduction to Archaeology

Lecture topic:

a) Archaeology in Malaysia: Issues and Challenges

2). UAW 201/4 – Ascent of Man and Civilisation

Lecture topic:

a) World Palaeolithic Culture

3). UAW 302/4 – Science in Archaeology

4). UAW 303/4 – Southeast Asian Archaeology

Supervision

Graduate Supervision: Graduated Students

2015

PhD

Jaffrie Abdullah, PhD, “Gua Samang Buat: sumbangan kepada kebudayaan Paleolitik Pleistosen Akhir di

Sabah” (main supervisor)

PhD

Hamid Mohd Isa, PhD, “Kelansungan dan kelestarian masyarakat pemburu-pemungut: satu perspektif etno arkeologi terhadap pemburu-pemungut kontemporari suku Bateq di Malaysia” (main supervisor)

PhD

Nur Azwin Ismail, “Seismic refraction and electrical resistivity tomographgy data designing in searching for Bukit Bunuh ancient impact crater”, (co-supervisor with Dr. Rosli Saad)

PhD

Noer El Hidayah Ismail, “Gravity and magnetic survey in granitic, limestone and sedimentary area and its application for meteorite impact at Bukit Bunuh, Perak”, (co-supervisor with Dr. Rosli Saad)

MA

Nurashiken Ahmad, MA, “Ekskavasi tapak monumen SB1R—V di kompleks Sungai Batu, Lembah Bujang, Kedah’ (main supervisor)

MA

Suhana Yusof, MA, “Ekskavasi tapak SB1P, Q, X dan W di kompleks Sungai Batu, Lembah Bujang, Kedah” (main supervisor)

MA

Shamsul Anwar Aminuddin, MA, “Sumbangan tapak SB1N-M kepada tamadun arkeologi Lembah Bujang” (main supervisor)

MA

Norhidayahti Mohd Muztaza, MA, “Kajian arkeologi di Jeniang dan sumbangannya terhadap tamadun awal berasaskan besi di Kedah Tua dan aspek pembangunan arkeometalurgi” (main supervisor)

MA

Ratnah Wati Mohd Rapi, MA, “Kebudayaan Megalitik di kawasan Penampang dan Kinarut, Sabah” (co-supervisor)

2014

MSc

Kiu Yap Chong, MSc, “Magnetic response signatures in defining Bukit Bunuh impact crater” (co-supervisor with Dr. Rosli Saad)

MSc

Mark Jinmin, MSc, “Meteorite impact crater subsurface study at Bukit Bunuh, Malaysia using 2-D electrical resistivity survey” (co-supervisor with Dr. Rosli Saad)

MSc

Ragu Ragava Rao Satinaranan, MSc, “Characteristics of Bukit Bunuh, Perak, Malaysia, Subsurface study using seismic refraction method for meteorite impact”, (co-supervisor with Dr. Rosli Saad)

MA

Iklil Izati Zakaria, Ma, “Kajian arkeologi di tapak SB2B dan SB2D, Kompleks Sungai Batu, Lembah Bujang, Kedah” (main supervisor)

MA

Mohd Hasfarisham Abd Halim, MA, “Ekskavasi tapak SB2E, SB1H-L, Kompleks Sungai Batu, Lembah

Bujang, Kedah” (main supervisor)

 

Graduate Supervision: Under Supervisor

PhD

Soijah Likin,“Religi masyarakat prasejarah dan kaitannya dengan masyarakat Orang Asli masa kini di

Hulu Kelantan: kajian ethnoarkeologi” (main supervisor)

PhD

NUR ASIKIN BIN RASHIDI, “Kajian arkeogeologi Bukit Bunuh” (main supervisor)

PhD

Meldiv Singh, “Indianisation in Bujang Valley” (main supervisor)

PhD

Noor Aiza Abdul Rahim, “Maritime archaeology” (main supervisor)

PhD

Naizatul Akma Mohd Mokhtar, “Teknologi  besi prasejarah hingga ke tamadun awal di Semenanjung

Malaysia: satu kajian arkeometalurgi” (main supervisor)

PhD

Nor Khairunnisa Talib,“Kajian Palinologi dan geomorfologi zaman Plesitosen di Hulu Perak” (main supervisor)

PhD

Shaiful Idzwan Shahidan, “Kajian isotop Sabah” (main supervisor)

PhD

Nur Azwin Ismail, PhD, “Sismic refraction and electrical resistivity tomographgy data designing in searching for Bukit Bunuh ancient impact crater” (co-supervisor with Dr. Rosli Saad)

PhD

Mohd Hasfarisham Abdul Halim, “Kajian senibina jeti Sg Batu” (main supervisor)

PhD

Norhidayahti Mohd Mustaza, “Arkeopelancongan dan Muzium Arkeologi di Malaysia” (main supervisor)

PhD

Ratnawati Mohd Rapi, “Senibina SB2ZX di Kompleks Sungai Batu” (main supervisor)

PhD

Amir Ahmad, “Istiadat pengkebumian Masyarakat Temiar” (main supervisor)

PhD

Saw Chaw Yeh, “Tambun Rock Painting” (main supervisor)

PhD

Iklil Izzati Zakaria, “Manik Lembah Bujang” (main supervisor)

PhD

Siti Nurul Siha Mohamad, “Arkeopelancongan di Lembah Bujang”, (main supervisor)

PhD

Shamsul Anwar Aminuddin, “Laluan Penarikkan” (main supervisor)

PhD

Siti Faridah Hanim Damsi, “Arkeopelancongan Lembah Lenggong” (main supervisor)

PhD

Gan Yee Min, “Sabah Prehistoric DNA” (main supervisor)

MSc

Noer El Hidayah Ismail, “Gravity and magnetic survey in granitic, limestone and sedimentary area and its application for meteorite impact at Bukit Bunuh, Perak”, (co-supervisor with Dr. Rosli Saad)

MSc

Shyeh Sahibul Karamah Masnan, “Geophysical and geological exploration at Bukit Bunuh: subsurface evidence of impact meteorite” (co-supervisor with Dr. Rosli Saad)

MA

Nurul Amira Md Isa, “The cherty metasedimentary rocks of Lenggong Valley, Perak: indication of meteorite impact and its significant to prehistory technology”, (main supervisor)

MA

Nurul Syuhada Saad, “Rock and mineral melting: indicative of meteorite impact and its significant to the age of Palaeolitic sites at Bukit Bunuh, Lenggong, Perak”, (main supervisor).

MA

Nurazlin Abdullah, “The occurrance of coesite, stishovite and other high pressure minerals and its significantto the lithic technology in Lenggong Valley, Perak”, (main supervisor)

MA

Abdul Mutalib Abdullah, “SEM analysis on Bukit Bunuh impact minerals”, (main supervisor)

MA

Mohd Shahrul Saad, “Kajian di tapak SB2Z, Sg Batu, Kedah” (main supervisor)

MA

Rasydan Muhammad, “Kajian prasejarah di Gua Pelangi, Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan” (main supervisor)

MA

Azman Adam, “Kajian Senibina tapak Candi Pengkalan Bujang” (main supervisor)

MA

Gooi Ling Jun, “Architecture of Sungai Batu Civilization Complex” (main supervisor)

MA

Saryulis, “Klasifikasi nisan Acheh tapak Lamuri, Acheh, Indonesia” (main supervisor)

MA

Siti Hajar Shahrin, “3-D programme for Monuments in Bujang Valley”, (main supervisor)

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