An UNESCO Award Goes to Perak, which now has its Lenggong Valley recognised as a world heritage site, will receive the much-awaited instrument of recognition at a ceremony in the district this weekend. Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was given the instrument by Unesco representative Dr Hubert J. Gijzen, who is also the director of Unesco's office in Jakarta, at Malaysia's first Unesco Day celebration.
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UNESCO Recognised Lenggong ValleyMuhyiddin, who is the Malaysian National Commission for Unesco president, passed the instrument to Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, who was present at the event. In a statement here yesterday, the ministry expressed pride in getting the Lenggong Valley listed among the 953 world heritage sites recognised by Unesco.
It is home of the Perak Man, said to be over 11,000 years old and believed to be the only complete human skeleton found in Malaysia. The valley was recognised by Unesco as a World Heritage Site for Archaeology on June 30.
The declaration was made following the discovery of artifacts over 1.8 million years old through excavation works by Malaysian archaeologists. It is the fifth world heritage site in the country, after Penang, Malacca, the Mulu National Park in Sarawak and Sabah's Kinabalu National Park.
The archaeological legacy of the Lenggong Valley is not only located at one site, where the Perak Man was excavated in 1991, but scattered over huge areas that include the Gunung Runtuh caves and archaeological sites at Kota Tampan, Bukit Jawa. Kampung Gelok and Kampung Temelong.