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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.

Lenggong Archaeological Museum
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 old.

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 Temelong.

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 Gerik

Source: The Star

 

 

  
 
 
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