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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Indian scholars highlight links between Tamil kingdoms and Bujang Valley

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Speaking after their recent presentations on Bujang Valley in Kuala Lumpur in July, some Indian scholars note the important role that Bujang Valley in Kedah, Malaysia, played in the spread of Buddhism, Hinduism and the Pallava Grantha script in the region.

Remnants of a relationship [Link no longer available]
The Hindu, 19 August 2010
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Calls for protection, nomination and more research at Bujang Valley

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Plans are bing made to nominate the Bujang Valley in Kedah as a World Heritage Site, as a result of archaeological work carried out there over the last 20 years; at the same time, researchers are calling for the protection of sites and expansion of research questions to better understand what went on in Kedah in the early centuries AD.
New Discoveries At Bujang Valley To Be Nominated For Heritage Status
Bernama, 06 July 2010

Declare Sungai Batu Area National Heritage Site – Researcher
Bernama, 07 July 2010

In-Depth Studies Needed To Establish Bujang Valley’s Early History – Archeologists
Bernama, 07 July 2010

The Bujang Valley rises at last
The Sun, 08 July 2010
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Malaysia’s Bujang Valley larger than originally thought

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The extent of human settlement at Bujang Valley in Malaysia’s northern state of Kedah is larger than originally thought, with the discovery of a set of new iron smelting sites enlarging the settlement area from 400 square km to 1,000 square km. Bujang Valley was populated between the 3rd-11th century and probably played an important role in the maritime trade between India and Southeast Asia. Current research at Bujang Valley is being presented at a conference in Kuala Lumpur, which ends tomorrow. The research at Bujang Valley has been receiving a lot of attention in the last two years have been great, with the government lending its support behind it – this should mean in the next few years we should be reading more news about the site as more papers get published.

Bujang Valley larger than thought [Link no longer available]
The Star, 02 July 2010

Malaysia’s Hindu-Buddhist civilisation spread over 1,000 sq km [Link no longer available]
Kuala Lumpur News, 04 July 2010

Bujang valley continues to amaze historians [Link no longer available]
The Sun, 05 July 2010

Southeast Asian History Needs A Rewrite?
Bernama, 05 July 2010

Cabinet keen on further research on Bujang Valley [Link no longer available]
The Sun, 06 July 2010

Ministry To Focus On Bujang Valley Research Under 10MP
Bernama, 06 July 2010
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Register now for the 2009 Rock Art Field School in Lenggong, Perak

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This year’s World Rock Art course jointly organised by Trent & Peak Archaeology of the University of Nottingham and Universiti Sains Malaysia is going to be slightly different from last year’s: it’s going to be a full-fledged field school, with a substantial portion spent in the Lenggong Valley of Perak (home of the Perak Man and prehistory central in Peninsular Malaysia) working on actual rock art. It’s a unique opportunity to get your hands on some real-world experience in rock art, archaeology and Malaysia.

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New structures unearthed at Bujang Valley

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The team Universiti Sains Malaysia excavating the protohistoric Bujang Valley complex have announced the discovery of new structures, as well as evidence for an as-yet-unidentified script. The circular foundation encircling a square base was pointed out by an earlier commenter here.

Cities of Gold II
photo credit: plassen

Need to rewrite history of Lembah Bujang
Universiti Sains Malaysia, 07 May 2009
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The oldest stone tools found in Southeast Asia potentially rewrites our understanding of human origins


A hand axe found in Perak, peninsular Malaysia has been dated to 1.83 million years, making it the oldest stone tool discovered in the part of the world. More significantly, this find also raises some serious questions about the out-of-Africa hypothesis of human origin. The oldest modern man in Southeast Asia is dated to around 50-60,000 years ago, and the oldest hominid fossil, Java Man (homo erectus) is placed between 1 and 1.7 million years ago. It’s been all over the news this weekend, and I’m sorry for not posting this up sooner especially seeing how I am at the said Centre for Archaeological Research in Universiti Sains Malaysia (I’ve been away to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year).

The soil in which the tools were discovered in were dated by fission-track dating, but they do have a wide margin of error of about 600,000 years. At this stage, the results haven’t been independently verified.

Lenggong had early humans 1.8m years ago
The Star, 29 January 2009

Rewriting ‘Out of Africa’ theory
New Straits Times, 30 January 2009

Early axes found in Perak
The Star, 30 January 2009

Malaysian scientists find stone tools ‘oldest in Southeast Asia’
AFP, 31 January 2009

Malaysia Says 1.8 Million-year-old Axes Unearthed
Sin Chew Jit Poh, 31 Jan 2009
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More reports on the Neolithic skeletons from Sarawak

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The coverage of the Neolithic skeletons unearthed in Sarawak continues… (Read my fuller account here).

Malaysian archaeologists find complete Neolithic skeletons
AFP, via The Nation (Pakistan), 19 September 2008

Neolithic skeletons found: report
SBS, 19 September 2008

Skeletons shed light on humans during Neolithic age

The Star, 19 September 2008
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Malaysian reports on the Gua Hitam skeletons

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As expected, most of the Malaysian papers carried reports about yesterday’s press conference on the excavation of six skeletons from Gua Kain Hitam in Sarawak and Pulau Kelumpang in Perak. You can read my account here.

Proof of Neolithic presence
New Straits Times, 19 September 2008

Archaeologists discover Neolithic-era skeletons
The Star, 18 September 2008

Prehistoric human remains found in Perak, Sarawak
The Sun, 18 September 2008

USM Researchers Find Prehistoric Human Skeletons In Gua [Kain] Hitam, Sarawak
Bernama, 18 September 2008
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