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Sangiran Early Man

Posted by on January 11, 2009

World Heritage Site #29: Sangiran Early Man

Sangiran Early Man: My 29th UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription of Sangiran Early Man:

Sangiran Early Man Site is situated about 15 kilometers in the north of Solo town in Central Java, Indonesia, covering an area of 5,600 hectares. It became famous after the discovery of Homo erectus remains and associated stone artifacts (well-known as Sangiran flake industry) in the 1930s. There is a very significant geological sequence from the upper Pliocene until the end of Middle Pleistocene by depicting the human, faunal, and cultural evolutions within the last 2.4 million years. The property also yields important archaeological occupation floors dating back to the Lower Pleistocene around 1.2 million years ago.

The macrofossils that appear abundantly from the layers provide a detailed and clear record of many faunal elements, while the property reveals more than 100 individuals of Homo erectus, dating back to at least 1.5 million years ago. These fossils show human evolution process during the Pleistocene period, particularly from 1.5 to 0.4 million years ago. Inhabited for the past one and a half million years, Sangiran is one of the key sites for the understanding of human evolution. More discoveries of stone tools have been made since. These human, fauna, and stone tool materials were deposited within its unbroken stratigraphical layers.

As a significant paleontology location, Sangiran is worthy of World Heritage status. As a tourist attraction, it was really a waste of time.

This photo is one of two photos I have from Sangrian and all it is is the entrance to the site. The only thing to see is a small museum, which mostly is replicas of the actual fossils found at the site. The museum looks like it was left unfinished sometime in the 1980s.

All of that and it also required a rather long and expensive taxi ride from Yogyakarta. I ranked this as my #2 most disappointing World Heritage Site.


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