Lenggong Valley is rich in archaeological findings with the most well known being an 11,000 year-old full skeleton known as Perak Man found in the Gua Gunung Runtuh cave. Perak Man is South-East Asia’s oldest most complete human skeleton. It is radiocarbon dated to 10,120 BP and identified as Australomelanesoid, a hominid type occupying the western part of the Indonesia archipelago and continental South-East Asia at the end of the Pleistocene and early Holocene.
The lush Lenggong Valley includes four archaeological sites in two clusters which span close to 2 million years, one of the longest records of early man in a single locality, and the oldest outside the African continent. It features open-air and cave sites with Palaeolithic tool workshops, evidence of early technology. The number of sites found in the relatively contained area suggests the presence of a fairly large, semi-sedentary population with cultural remains from the Palaeolithic, Neolithic and Metal ages.
This limestone hills of the valley has a number of caves where many historical artifacts have been found indicating that these caves were inhabited by man many thousands of years ago. Within the large karst outcrop of Bukit Kepala Gajah are 20 caves. Three of these, Gua Gunung Runtuh, Gua Teluk Kelawar and Gua Kajang, have revealed prehistoric burials.
The Archaeology Gallery at Kampung Baru Kota Tampan is worth a visit to understand the history and significance of the archaeological findings at the various locations in Lengging Valley. Here you can see a replica model of Perak Man (the original is apparently in the museum in Kuala Lumpur temporarily).
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