July 1, 2012
Lenggong Valley, Perak, gets World Heritage Site status
By S. ARULLDAS
Unesco has recognised the Lenggong Valley in Perak as a World Heritage Site, said
Information Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim on Sunday.
He said that Unesco informed the government on Friday.
Rais said this after the Community 1Malaysia Gotong-Royong dan Kenduri Rakyat
programme at Kampung Penanti near here.
The "cave" entrance of the Lenggong Archaeological Museum at Kota Tampan.
He said Unesco recognised Leggong following the completion of archeological
excavation at the site that established that complete skeletons of Perak Man is more than 11,000 years
Unesco had earlier recognised George Town and Malacca as World Heritage Cities and
Niah Caves in Sarawak and Mount Kinabalu in Sabah.
Lenggong Valley in upper Perak is where the earliest human skeletal remains in the
peninsula, the 11,000 year-old Perak man, was found in 1991.
It is an important archaeological site where evidence of human settlement from the
Palaeolithic age were found. I
Important archaeological sites include Kota Tampan, Bukit Jawa at Kampung Gelok
and Kampung Temelong.
100,000 year-old stone tools have been excavated at Kampung Geluk and Kampung
There also appears to be proof that Gua Harimau was a site of bronze manufacture
during the Bronze Age.
There is also the Lenggong Archaeological Museum at Kota Tampan where artifacts
excavated from the area are displayed.
The museum is located within an oil palm estate on the road from Kuala Kangsar to
Source: The Star