Bukit Jawa

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Bukit Jawa ("Hill of the Javanese" in Malay) is a prehistoric site located in the village of Gelok, about 7 km north of the city of Lenggong, in the state of Perak, Malaysia.

In 1990, Sains University Malaysia launched a search campaign for new archaeological sites in the Lenggong Valley and identified Bukit Jawa among others. Excavations only began in July 1996, when the site was threatened by road construction. The excavation team carried out 23 boreholes up to the underlying rock in two areas (BJ1 and BJ2).

The site is presented as a lithic tool-cutting workshop located on an island surrounded by an ancient lake now disappeared.

Bukit Jawa, dated in 1997 to about 200,000 years ago, is among the oldest Paleolithic sites in Malaysia, along with Temelong (1 km south of Bukit Jawa) and Lawin, of comparable age.