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
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 universityâ€™s behalf, sent the dossier to Unesco for review early this month.
â€œBukit 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.