Excavation on what may be the largest ancient Hindu temple structure in Bali that was reported recently has halted because the Dempasar Archaeology Agency has run out of funds.
Excavation of 600-year-old artifacts halted due to financial woes
Jakarta Post, 29 October 2012
Denpasar Archaeology Agency has reluctantly halted the excavation of the ruins of a temple estimated to be 600-years-old unearthed in the backyard of Pasraman Hindu Learning Center on Jl. Trengguli in Penatih area, West Denpasar.
I Made Geria, head of the agency, lamented that the agency was currently conducting large-scale excavation projects in West and East Nusa Tenggara provinces.
“The agency has already proposed funding for the Penatih excavation from next year’s budget,” Geria said on Saturday.
Experts assume that the finding of the ancient site in Penatih was a major archaeological discovery for the region.
“This would be the biggest temple found in the Bali and Nusa Tenggara region. A number of experts and government officials will meet next week to discuss this finding,” Geria said.
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