Lenggong Valley dossier sent to Unesco

Archaeologists in Malaysia have sent a dossier to Unesco proposing that the Lenggong Valley be inscribed as a World Heritage Site. The valley in the state of Perak is home to a number of prehistoric sites, including Gua Gunung Runtuh, where a 10,000-year-old skeleton was found, as well as Bukit Bunuh, where a hand axe has been dated to 1.83 million years.

USM Proposes Lenggong Valley, The Star 20110214

USM proposes a Valley of Heritage
The Star, 14 February 2011

Paleolithic Complex Site To Be Gazetted By Unesco
Bernama, 14 February 2011

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.


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

3 thoughts on “Lenggong Valley dossier sent to Unesco”

  1. The Bernama report says “………Lenggong will be gazetted as a world heritage site by Unesco in July 2012”.
    Presumably it has still to be approved, it’s not yet certain it will be gazetted?

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