It is the oldest human skeleton found so far in Peninsular Malaysia. The remains were discovered in 1991 in a cave called Gua Gunung Runtuh, a few kilometres north of the town of Lenggong and 105 m above sea level.

This is considered South-East Asia’s oldest and most complete prehistoric human skeleton.

He was buried in the fetal position, with deposits of animal bones at his right shoulder, to his left and to his bottom, and deposits of stone tools around the body. There were no other burials in the cave. The Perak Man had a malformed left hand, his left arm and hand were much smaller compared to his right arm and hand. This deformity could be from a genetic disorder known as brachymesophalangia.

 He shared the characteristics of an australomelanesoid, which is the kind of humans you find in Australia, Papua, Indonesia and some parts of Malaysia. He wasn’t very tall, he stood about 154 cm, which is about 5 feet.

Perak Man’s estimated age of death is 50 years old, which can be said to be very old for a disabled person in the Stone Age. Perak Man must have been a significant or senior member of his society because the burial was very elaborate and labour intensive, according to archaeologists today.

The skeleton is currently on display at the Kota Tampan Archaeological Museum, also known as the Lenggong Archaeological Museum.

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