Malaysia gets ready to nominate Lenggong Valley as a World Heritage Site

The Malaysian cabinet has given the go-ahead to nominate the Lenggong Valley in Perak as a World Heritage Site. Archaeological sites in the Lenggong Valley reveal a long period of habitation from the Pleistocene right up to the bronze age.

Cabinet Agrees To Make Lenggong Valley in Perak Heritage Site
Bernama, 25 August 2010

The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Information Communication and Culture Ministry’s plan to
make the Lenggong Valley in Perak a World Heritage Site after George Town in Penang and Melaka.

Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said Malaysia would submit a report and proposal to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) for the area to be declared a World Heritage Site.

“If Unesco agrees to the proposal, we have another historical site on the world heritage list; this one with archaelogical remains and artefacts from the Palaeolithic (old Stone Age), Neolithic (new Stone Age) and Bronze Age,” he said after a post-Cabinet meeting, here, Wednesday.

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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.

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