Talk on Lenggong Valley

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A talk on Lenggong Valley recently by Professor Dr Mokhtar Saidin, Director of the Centre for Global Archaeological Research, USM, received a very good response from government authorities and tourism stakeholders.

Lenggong Valley was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in June this year for having evidence of human occupation from 1.83 million years to 1000 years ago, one of the longest prehistoric sequences in the world.

At the Q & A later Mokhtar stated that an integrated management plan for the preservation of Lenggong Valley has been initiated and has to be submitted to UNESCO by 2014.

A committee has been established to draft the plan headed by the National Heritage Department who is working together in close collaboration with the State, Lenggong District Council and Town and Country Planning Department.

The Management Plan will look into all aspects of managing Lenggong Valley such as conservation and preservation, the dos and don’ts about conducting tours at an archaeological site as well as tour packages. Failure to submit the plan can place Lenggong Valley in danger of having its World Heritage Status revoked by UNESCO.

Currently the Lenggong Galery is being renovated to house the World Heritage Office. Lenggong Gallery already has its gallery of up-to-date exhibits of the whole valley, a service counter, brochures and in time to come tour packages. A current concern is the lack of tourist guides. Currently 20 are being trained and are due to receive their badges later this year.

JAG

3 thoughts on “Talk on Lenggong Valley

  1. >Lenggong Gallery already has its gallery of up-to-date exhibits of the whole valley, a service counter, brochures
    I visited the gallery recently in July and again just this week. The exhibits are NOT up to date. They have not been updated since at least 2009, as Bukit Bunuh is still listed as 40,000 years old and there is no mention at all about the 1.83 myo suevite discovery. There are various charts and posters showing old information. And even the Centre for Global Archaeological Research is still written under its old name, The Centre for Archaeological Research Malaysia, which changed in Feb 2009.
    Also I did not see any brochures.

  2. I have to agree with the first comment about covering up old graffiti with black paint. This is NOT good practise. It is only adding to the cave vandalism.

    If anyone wants to try and remove or hide graffiti in caves, please use appropriate methods as suggested by international cavers. Do not add more paint, which apart from being unsightly, will affect the microbial balance in the wall.

  3. It is good to know there is a management plan coming for the preservation of the UNESCO world archaeological heritage sites at Lenggong Valley. It must come real soon before it is too late.

    I have made two trips to Lenggong following its UNESCO inscription. There is no protection for the sites, which depend on the self-responsibility of the visitors and “tour guides”, who should brief their charges religiously on “the right behaviour” to avoid untoward incidents which may damage, even inadvertently, these fragile treasures.

    What stood out were attempts to black out old graffiti with black paint. The result is disastrous. It looks worse than the “new rock art”. It is better to leave them. Just post signs and warnings and appeal to common sense and self-responsibility to avoid further defacing of the cave walls.

    It came as a shock that Visit Perak Year 2012 has planned a competition at these heritage sites. These are archaeological sites of the world and cannot be trampled upon by “racers”. We hope that competitors will not be required to race through the caves and rock shelters while avoiding the excavated trenches. There may be other treasures below which cannot take the crushing stomping feet. A disaster is waiting to happen.

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