New megalithic site is discovered in Sumatra

A new megalithic site has been found in Sumatra, reportedly with grave markers containing batik-like carvings.

Megalithic site found in South Sumatra
Jakarta Post, 18 January 2011

Recently Discovered Prehistoric Site Already Sacred
Jakarta Globe, 18 January 2011

A prehistoric megalithic site with a mass grave was recently uncovered on a one-hectare plot of land in a South Sumatra village.
The site was found in a coffee plantation belonging to Thamrin, 62, a resident of Segayun Village in Gumay Ulu District, Lahat Regency.
“There is a grave stone carved with batik-like motifs 50 centimeters high and 15 centimeters wide,” Thamrin told Antara 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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