The island of Timor has a long, proud history and a rich culture built over centuries. It has been referred to by some as the “cultural funnel of the East”, for the many different ethnic influences which have contributed to the island’s development.


 Ancient history and peoples

Archeological excavations and rock art found in parts of Timor provide testimony to its long and significant ancient history. Evidence that people have been living on the island for well over 4000 years can be seen in the original influences of the distinct dialects of the districts and the presence of cave paintings and stone carvings that are a