|Welcome to Lenggong Archeological Museum|
|Museum View from the hill top|
|Entrance to the Museum|
|The team of archeologists|
|Some of the archeological sites|
|Display of Excavated Site|
Believed to be one of the Paleolithic sites in
, the excavations in the surroundings have significantly proved existence of human settlement from the Paleolithic age. The excavations carried out by a team of archeologists from Universiti Sains Malaysia , have uncovered many hidden facets of Lenggong. Various discoveries such as jewellery, cave drawings, ancient jewelry, pottery, weapons and stone tools undoubtedly indicates strong evidence of human dwelling in this area since Paleolithic period. Malaysia
Though many artifacts were found and being preserved, the highlight of the finding is, actually the complete skeleton of Perak Man believed to be 11,000 years old. This discovery took place in the year 1991. Though extensive research and excavations are going on, up to-date Perak Man is the oldest human skeleton ever found in this region. It is located at Gua Gunung Runtuh situated in Bukit Kepala Gajah. The skeleton with a height of approximately 157cm, and about 50 years of age was buried in the fetal position. There were no other burials found in this cave. The archeological team also found deposits of animal bones and stone tools around the body. Further excavations carried out yielded another positive result in the year 2004. A skeleton of about 8000 years old, believed to be a woman (labeled Perak Woman) with the height of 148cm in her 40s, was found at Gua Teluk Kelawar in Lenggong.
Though I didn’t have the opportunity to see the Perak Woman’s skeleton, I managed to obtain permission to enter the room where Perak Man’s skeleton is well preserved in a glass casing inside a temperature controlled room. And, then after the tour of the museum my friend and I headed to Gua Gunung Runtuh to get a first hand look at the Perak Man’s burial ground. It was not an easy task to get to the cave. We had to drive through what seemed to be truly backdated villages cluttered amidst hills before we reached a forked road without a proper signage to take us to the cave. Not knowing which way to turn to, we stopped and asked for direction. Thank God, the youth was kind enough to guide us to the cave. According to him it is not an easy task to go there as one can easily get lost in the jungle. Not wanting to waste our time, we ‘hired’ him to take us. We drove a short distance, after which the road is not accessible by car. Thus, we walked for a few hundred meters, when we saw a young couple who had apparently been searching for the cave headed towards us. We accommodated them, thus three become five. The more the merrier. The hike took us across a small bridge, an orchard, then across a small stream. After the stream, we had to wade through path abandoned and the hike began.
|The Skeleton of Perak Man|
|Newspaper clippings about the finding|
|Ceremonial burial of Perak Man|
|The Hill - Perak Man's burial place is located|
|Heading towards the cave|
|Perak Man's burial spot|
|I am inside the burial hole|
After spending a solid two hours in and out of the cave, we decided to return. Though the rain had stopped by now, going downhill we exercised extreme caution so that no one will be injured. We reached the foot of the hill safely. We were exhausted and drained to the last drop of sweat. We each paid our ‘guide’ RM10.00. So he made RM40.00. Good enough for a student, and we were grateful to him for taking us to the cave and provided some useful insights about the cave as well as the people living in the vicinity.
We moved out from the area at about 3.30 pm. Stopped awhile at Tasik Raban for lunch; rested for about 1 hour. Then we continued our journey back home. I will go once again, but this time around to explore the jungles and other caves scattered around the Lenggong town.
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