Monday, September 6, 2010

INDONESIA ~The Sangiran Early Men Site-UNESCO~

Received a great lighthouse card from the USA and a very interesting card from Indonesia, a site in Central Java. Both again with such nice stamps...

Sangiran is an archaeological excavation site at the island of Java in Indonesia. 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 human fossils, among them the enigmatic "Meganthropus", have since been found here. In addition, there are considerable numbers of remains of the animals that these primitive humans hunted, and of others that merely shared the habitat.

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