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Story by JOSEPHINE JALLEH | 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.

Bukit 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 dating. 

“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. 

Lenggong Valley was also the place where the 10,000-year-old Perak Man was found. 



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