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Sangiran Early Man Site
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 1.5mill.yrs old
Date of Inscription: 1996
Location: Asia, Indonesia, Province of Central Java
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Description: The excavations of 1936 to 1941 at the Sangiran Early Man Site led to the discovery of the first hominid fossil here. Soon after, 50 other fossils of Meganthropus palaeo and Pithecanthropus erectus/Homo erectus were found, making up half of all the world's known hominid fossils. Sangiran, having been inhabited for the past 1.5 million years, is a site of vast significance for the comprehension of human evolution. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  Sangiran is an archaeological excavation site at the island of Java in Indonesia. The area comprises about 48 km² and is located in Central Java, about 15 kilometers north of Surakarta in the Bengawan Solo River valley. In 1996 it was accepted as World Heritage by the UNESCO. In 1934 the anthropologist Gustav Heinrich Ralph von Koenigswald started to examine the area. During excavations in the next years fossils of some of the first known human ancestors, Pithecanthropus erectus ("Java Man", now reclassified as part of the species Homo erectus), were found here. About 60 more fossils, among them the enigmatic Meganthropus, have since been found here. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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