Archaeology fans can get their hands dirty and dig up ancient artefacts at actual excavation sites in Perak and Kedah or at a mock excavation site at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).
USM recently launched its archaeotourism package, especially aimed at students and visitors interested in archaeology, for a hands-on tour of actual archaeological sites in Sungai Batu and Lenggong Valley. There is also an USM Archaeology Gallery within the USM compound in Penang that details all of the archaeological sites in Malaysia, with exhibits of artefacts dug up in those excavations.
Malaysian Heritage Commissioner Zuraina Majid talks about the upcoming plans to build infrastructure to support the newly-inscribed Lenggong Valley archaeological site.
‘Eating, drinking and talking Lenggong’
New Straits Times, 26 November 2012
During last weekend’s ceremony to officially recognise the Lenggong Valley as a World Heritage Site, Culture Minister Rais Yatim announced that the Perak Man skeleton will be moved from the National Museum in Kuala Lumpur to the Lenggong Valley, presumably after the appropriate infrastructure has been built within the next few years.
‘Perak Man’ to return to Lenggong where he was found, says Rais
The Star, 10 November 2012
Bernama, 10 November 2012
The Malaysian Insider, 10 November 2012
Malaysia will receive formal recognition of the Lenggong Valley in Perak as a World Heritage Site in a special ceremony this weekend.
Why Lenggong is a world treasure
The Sun, 09 November 2012
Perak awaits Unesco award
The Star, 08 November 2012
DPM: Lenggong Valley’s recognition as world heritage site proof of pre-historic civilisation in M’sia
The Star, 03 November 2012
The remains of the 10,000-year-old Perak Man are to be eventually returned to the state in which it was found, after the necessary preparations are made.
‘Perak Man’ set to return home [Link no longer active]
New Straits Times, 02 October 2012
Local experts caution the need for proper management in order for the Lenggong Valley archaeological area to be ready for a 2014 deadline for its World Heritage Site inscription. Among the chief problems are the lack of adequate protections for the numerous archaeological sites in the area, and proper infrastructure in order to facilitate safe and non-invasive tourist access to these areas.
Preserving Lenggong Valley
The Star, 04 Sep 2012
The Lenggong Valley in Perak is among the newest sites to be included as World Heritage after this year’s annual conference.
Lenggong Valley, Perak, gets World Heritage Site status
The Star, 01 July 2012
Unesco declares Lenggong Valley world heritage site
The Malaysian Insider, 01 July 2012
The Malaysian Department of Heritage is organising a five-day exhibition that started on Tuesday on the heritage of Malaysia at the Unesco offices in Paris. Among the exhibits featured are artefacts from the Lenggong valley. It looks like the government is selling the 1.8 million year-old date – does anyone know if a paper has been published on it yet?
Unesco to show Lenggong Valley artefacts
New Straits Times, 14 February 2012
The state government of Perak in Malaysia expressed confidence that the Lenggong Valley, home to a number of prehistoric sites, will be listed as a World Heritage site.
Bernama, 24 January 2012
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 a Valley of Heritage
The Star, 14 February 2011
Bernama, 14 February 2011