3,000-year-old human remains found in Sumatra

A set of 3,000-year-old human remains, interpreted as a burial of royalty with guards, have been unearthed in South Sumatra.

Prehistoric human fossils found in South Sumatra
Jakarta Post, 21 October 2010

A team from the National Archeological Study Center has recently found fossils of prehistoric humans, believed to be around 3,000 years old in Ogan Komering Ulu regency, South Sumatra, an official said Wednesday.

Head of the regency’s Tourism, Youth and Sports Affairs Agency, Yusnardi, said that the human skeleton was found in Gua Hari-mau cave located in Padang Bindu subdistrict, Semidang Aji district.

He said that the same team had found four fossils of prehistoric humans at the same site last year.

“They found human skeletons believed to be some 3,000 years old in different positions — laying and squatting — while another skeleton was of an infant,” Yusnardi said Wednesday.

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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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