Paleolithic site to be ‘gazetted’ by UNESCO

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The the 1.83 million year-old Paleolithic cultural complex site at Bukit Bunuh in Lenggong will be gazetted as a world heritage site by UNESCO in July 2012.

ne_01.1Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Global Archeology Research Centre director Prof Mokhtar Saidin said USM and National Heritage Department had written to UNESCO on the discovery.

He said UNESCO experts would be visiting the complex site in July next year.

“Scientific proof found in Bukit Bunuh proves that it was inhabited by about 1,000 people and was used 30,000-40,000 year earlier.

“They had basic needs like stone tools, water source, the flora and fauna,” he told reporters after visiting the complex site on Sunday.

The discovery was made by USM researchers.

Mokhtar said research since 1997 revealed that it was the world’s only Paleolithic site which functioned as a workshop for stone tools.

“We found more than 200 cutting tools and proof of meteorites. The find will change the nomadic theory of Paleolithic culture that the people wandered from place to place,” he added.


Source: Bernama [February 14, 2011]


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