LENGGONG: Perak Man, the country’s oldest prehistoric man uncovered 24 years ago, is finally home.
Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, a Lenggong boy
himself, became the first visitor to view the 11,000-year-old skeleton
during a ceremony yesterday to mark the homecoming of Perak Man at the
Lenggong Archaeological Gallery.
“It is a historical day for all of us, especially Lenggong folks.
This is actually the first time that the Perak Man is being exhibited
back here where it was discovered.
“I think the Lenggong people are the happiest to be able to see the actual Perak Man,” Nazri said.
Perak Man was uncovered at Gua Gunung Runtuh, about 8km from the
gallery, by the Heritage Commissioner Prof Emeritus Datin Paduka
Zuraina Majid and a team of other archaeologists in 1990.
Perak Man’s skeletal remains are considered the most complete and
oldest ancient skeleton in the peninsula. It was taken on exhibition to
Penang and Japan, and later put on display at the National Museum in
2010, while a replica was showcased at the Lenggong Archaeolo-gical
Museum, now known as the Lenggong Archaeological Gallery.
After Lenggong Valley was recognised as a United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) World
Heritage Site in July 2012, a decision was made to bring Perak Man back
On another matter, Nazri said the department had submitted the
Lenggong Valley Conservation Management Plan to Unesco last month and
added that the ministry would be looking at acquiring all 1,814ha of
Cluster 1 and 2 of Lenggong Valley where archaeological sites are