Megalithic site unearthed in Sumatra

A megalithic site believed to date back to 5,000BC has been unearthed in South Sumatra. Among the artefacts include a 1.3-metre wide relief depicting a woman riding an elephant.

Megalithic site found in South Sumatra
Jakarta Post, 17 February 2010

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.


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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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