Sarcophagi containing human skeletons found in Bali

Two stone sarcophagi containing human remains have been found in Bali. The sarcophagi are said to be around 2,500 years old, and add to the growing number of sarcophagi finds in Bali (see here and here).

2,500-Year-Old Human Remains Discovered in Bali
Jakarta Globe, 29 August 2010

Archeologists in Bali say they have unearthed ancient human remains that date back to about 500 B.C. at a village in the island’s southeast.

Ayu Kusumawati, a researcher from the Denpasar Archeological Society, said on Sunday that two sarcophagi had been discovered by a bricklayer in a quarry near Keramas village in Gianyar.

She said the group opened one of the stone caskets on Sunday. It contained a human skeleton with all the bones intact. The second sarcophagus is set to be opened on Monday.


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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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