Story by JOSEPHINE JALLEH
email@example.com | Feb 14, 2011
USM proposes a Valley of Heritage
GEORGE TOWN: Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has submitted a proposal to Unesco to
list Lenggong Valley in Perak as a world archaeological heritage site.
This is because the area has one of the oldest prehistoric settlements in the
world, USM Centre for Archaeological Research Malaysia director Assoc Prof Dr Mokhtar Saidin said.
He said the National Heritage Department had, on the university’s behalf,
sent the dossier to Unesco for review early this month.
Bunuh in the Lenggong
Valley was inhabited from time to time for more than 1.83
million years. We have the oldest prehistoric settlement in the world after Africa, according to chronometric
“We also discovered hand axes and evidence of a meteorite impact 1.83 million
years ago here,” he said during a media tour of Bukit Bunuh yesterday.
In a report in 2009, Dr Mokhtar had said it was possible that the findings of the
hand axes challenged the prevailing “Out of Africa” theory, which stated that modern humans first evolved from one
point in Africa and spread out around the globe.
was also the place where the 10,000-year-old Perak Man was found.