USM launches archaeotourism packages to bridge public and archaeology

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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.

Source: Like archaeology? Now you can dig at real excavation sites | Malaysia | Malay Mail Online

Lenggong Valley becomes World Heritage Site; Perak Man to Return

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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, New Straits Times 20121002

Perak Man, New Straits Times 20121002

‘Perak Man’ to return to Lenggong where he was found, says Rais
The Star, 10 November 2012

Perak Man To Be Brought Home To Lenggong – Rais
Bernama, 10 November 2012

Perak celebrates Lenggong Valley’s status as Unesco’s world heritage site
The Malaysian Insider, 10 November 2012
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Lenggong to be awarded World Heritage status this weekend

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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

Archaeological Heritage of the Lenggong Valley
Unesco Site
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Lenggong Valley needs much work for 2014 deadline

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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
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Lenggong Valley to be put on World Heritage List

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The Lenggong Valley in Perak is among the newest sites to be included as World Heritage after this year’s annual conference.

Sites in Iran, Malaysia, Canada, Slovenia, Spain, Germany, Portugal and France on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
Unesco, 30 June 2012

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
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Lenggong artefacts on show in Paris

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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
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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
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