Excavations here from 1936 to 1941 led to the discovery of the first hominid fossil at this site. Later, 50 fossils of Meganthropus palaeo and Pithecanthropus erectus/Homo erectus were found – half of all the world's known hominid fossils. Inhabited for the past one and a half million years, Sangiran is one of the key sites for the understanding of human evolution.I am the sort of person who reads books on the Neanderthals for fun, so of course I was anxious to go. And I really enjoyed being able to learn more about these early hominid species.
|Homo Erectus in his native habitat: I thought they made his face look a bit Indonesian. What do you think?|
|Face from the past|
|This is the "hobbit" found on Flores in 2003|
|Even Erectus was pretty little: here's R (approx. 3 feet) for scale|
|Our ancestors were pin headed! Look how big R's head is in comparison.|
|R checking out the ancient cattle fossils|
|Ancient "croco" was a hit|
|Took this one because my dad used to work for the guy doing the stone-knapping (the photos are really old)|
|Overall the museum design is not grade-A|
|Building is the museum|
On the day I visited, it was pretty crowded nonetheless, with solely Indonesian tourists. So there's a variety of tourist facilities, including many souvenir shops and cheap restaurants (in fact we ate lunch there). We enjoyed our visit: those who are not archaeology buffs (or children of those who are) could probably give it a miss, however.