Herodotus Returns

Megalithic site found in Sumatra
February 24, 2010, 11:25 am
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A megalithic settlement has recently been unearthed at Skendal village, 10 kilometers from the town of Pagaralam in South Sumatra.

Irfan Wintarto, an official at the Lahat Culture and Tourism Agency’s Historical and Archeological Preservation Department, said local residents had discovered around 36 types of rocks on a 150-by-300-meter plot in the middle of a 2-hectare coffee plantation. The site is currently being investigated by the Archeological Region Conservation and Heritage Center (BPPP).

“The findings are believed to date back to around 5,000 B.C.,” Irfan said.

“The types of rocks and megaliths found are quite diverse.”

Among the items are a mortar and a 1-by-1.3-meter relief showing a woman riding an elephant with two children, and people being attacked by crocodiles and large snakes, as well as several altars believed to have been used for offerings.

More on the find in Samatra. And another short article from the Jakarta Post providing a little more information on these Megalithic sculptures.

Read about another remarkable recent discovery in Indonesia.


Indonesian schoolchildren may have found legendary temple
January 22, 2010, 10:03 am
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Schoolchildren on a field trip in Indonesia may have found remains of a legendary temple called Ngablak.

Indung Panca Putra, head of a task force established by the Yogyakarta Archeological Preservation Agency, told the Jakarta Globe on Thursday that they were analyzing hundreds of samples of stones, some of which appeared to be relief panels, or carved stones.

The panels were discovered by local secondary school students on a field trip as they crossed the Opak River in Ngablak, Sleman, about one kilometer from the Sewu and Prambanan temple complexes.

Sewu is an 8th-century Buddhist temple, and the second-largest Buddhist temple in Central Java after Borobudur. It is located less than a kilometer north of Prambanan, a ninth-century Hindu temple.

Paryono, the school’s principal, said the students were drawn to inspect the unusual rocks. “They were everywhere along the river and embankment,” Paryono said.

He said that while some of the stones were carved, others looked like ordinary rocks.

“Some had carvings like the stones on a temple,” Paryono said, adding that the school had immediately reported the discovery to the preservation agency.

More on the accidental find in Indonesia.