Archaeologists seeking evidence of Kanjuruhan Kingdom in Java

Discoveries of a brick floor in Malang, Java may indicate the remains of the 6th century Kanjuruhan kingdom. Archaeologists are currently excavating to determine the archaeological potential.

Archeologists explore kingdom site
Jakarta Post, 30 October 2009

Archeologists from the Trowulan prehistoric legacy conservation agency (BP3) in Mojokerto have begun surveying a newly discovered site in Malang believed to be the remains of the lost kingdom of Kanjuruhan.

A team of archeologists have started their excavation activities by using a grid system to map out the buried site, which was believed to have been lost around 1,300 years ago.

Team chairman Kuswanto said the excavation is scheduled for four days, finishing Saturday.

“We will first see the content and then will decide on what we should do with the historical finding,” Kuswanto said.

A pile of five layers of red bricks, with each brick measuring 22X12X9 centimeter, was seen buried on the site, which had initially been developed into a residential complex.

Archeologist Dwi Cahyono of the Malang State University said the layers could indicate that the site was the center of the Kanjuruhan Kingdom, believed to have been in existence since the 6th century.


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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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