Sangiran Early Man Site

December 7, 2011 No Comments »
Sangiran Early Man Site

Sangiran Early Man Site is a Real Wonder of the World Site in Central Java, Indonesia. One of the key sites for the study of human evolution. A second occurence of “Java Man” was discovered here: first discovered in 1891 at Trinil by Dutchman Dubois, more skulls were found by an archeological party organized by German G.H.R. von Königswald at Sangiran (near Solo).

The site, which covers 5,600 hectares, is located about 15 km to the north of Surakarta, by the Solo River Valley. Excavations at the Sangiran site began in 1934 when anthropologist Gustav Heinrich Ralph von Koenigswald studied the area. Excavations in the following years yielded the fossils, of which came the Pithecanthropus erectus fossil which have been determined to be 1.66 million years old. These are a more complete specimen than the Java Man (Homo erectus erectus) fossil which was discovered in 1891 at Trinil-Ngawi Regency, also by the banks of the Solo River.

Sangiran Early Man Site was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 20th session of the World Heritage Committee in Mérida, Mexico, on 2 – 7 December, 1996.