University of Wollongong to help work on Sumatra cave excavations

The Indonesian National Research and Development Center for Archaeology and University of Wollongong’s Centre for Archaeological Science will collaborate on the Gua Harimau site in Sumatra.

Art, bodies found in ancient caves
Illawara Mercury, 11 April 2013

Archaeologists at the University of Wollongong will soon be collaborating on discoveries in a cave in Indonesia.

Professor Truman Simanjuntak from the Jakarta-based National Research and Development Center for Archaeology was at the university yesterday to address academics in the recently-established Centre for Archaeological Science (CAS).

Prof Simanjuntak is part of a group excavating Harimau (“Tiger”) Cave in Sumatra, which has yielded “some very, very impressive finds”.

Among these is the first example of rock art in Sumatra and the discovery of 66 human burials dating back about 3000 years.

Full story here.

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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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