Merapi and the demise of the Mataram kingdom

Supplementary article to Merapi and Borobudur; talks about archaeological theories surrounding the fall of the Mataram Kingdom.

13 June 2006 (Jakarta Post) – Supplementary article to Merapi and Borobudur; talks about archaeological theories surrounding the fall of the Mataram Kingdom.

Merapi and the demise of the Mataram kingdom

Mount Merapi’s eruption in 1006 was also regarded as the cause of the demise of the Mataram-Hindu Kingdom and the shift to East Java.

Experts continue to propound their own theories and reasons for the demise of the kingdom. There are four possible theories proposed by archaeologists.

Related Books:

Early Kingdoms of the Indonesian Archipelago and the Malay Peninsula by P. M. Munoz

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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