sign in a cave in Laos

4 July 2012

Kota Tampan, Lenggong, Malaysia

Kota Tampan, although not a cave site, is an important archaeological site in Malaysia. It is located in the Lenggong Valley in Perak, Malaysia. The Lenggong Valley was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in June 2012.

Archaeologists digging at Kota Tampan unearthed evidence of a 34,000-year-old pre-historic workshop for making stone tools. Excavations revealed an undisturbed stone tool production area, where pebble tools were made. Some 50,000 pieces of stone were found. The age of the site was redated at 75,000 years. In 1992 Kota Tampan was was considered the earliest known site of human inhabitation in Malaysia.

Kota Tampan is located about 5 km south of Lenggong. I visited the site in January 1994. There was not much to see, apart from a small dig covered by a roof in the middle of an oil palm plantation.
Entrance to the site
The information sign was rather battered and just propped up at the back of the hut

It looked like nothing was being done to preserve the site. And apparently when the Lenggong Musuem was constructed, it was built over the Kota Tampan site!!!!

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