Villagers return thousands of Majapahit bricks

Villagers from Klinterejo in East Java returned over 2,000 bricks taken from the ground where the remains of the Majapahit kingdom is believed to have centred. Perhaps the recent spotlight of the destruction of Majapahit antiquities may have led to more awareness about the value of ancient remains?

Villagers Give Back 2.150 Majapahit Ancient Bricks
Tempo Interaktif, 10 Feb 2009

Klinterejo villagers in Mojokerto yesterday returned at least 2.150 bricks originating from the ancient Majapahit Kingdom. The bricks were put back to where they were initially found.

According to Klinterejo village chief, Zainal Abidin, the villagers found the 20 x 35 centimeter bricks four years ago when they dug the village land. Since then, the land has been rented out for brick production.

Besides preserving the ancient bricks, around 20 Klinterejo villagers yesterday dug out more bricks in two locations just 150 meters away. In the three-hectare area where the Majapahit site is located, delicately sculptured old bricks forming a one-meter gate were found.


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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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