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31 July 2011

Perak Man, Gua Gunung Runtuh, Lenggong

Gua Gunung Runtuh is a well known cave in Lenggong, Perak, as it is the home of Perak Man. Perak Man, found in 1991, is the only complete human skeleton which has been found in Malaysia.

The skeleton has been dated at between 10-11,000 years old, which makes him a Stone Age man, from the Palaeolithic period.

It is quite a steep climb up to the cave, assisted by ropes

The cave is very short, basically a passage through the hill. There is little to see except for the excavation pits dug by USM.
It is believed he was an important member of his tribe judging by the way he was buried, in a foetal position, accompanied by stone tools. He was about 157cm tall and probably aged between 30-55 when he died.

Unfortunately rubbish has been dumped in a side passage, presumably by the diggers

Replica of Perak Man's burial (in the Muzium Negara exhibition 2006)

You can see more on Perak Man by visiting the Lenggong Museum, which is located south of Lenggong.

Gua Gunung Runtuh register number Prk 64/02.

See more on Perak Man.

© Liz Price
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