Exciting new paper just published in Nature indicates evidence for humans in Sumatra as early as 63,000 years ago from a reinvestigation of remains at Lida Ajer cave. The findings and location of the site imply that humans were adept at rainforest exploitation from a very early period, and that perhaps the migration of early humans from Southeast Asia to Australia may not necessarily hugged the coastline as theorised.
Source: Old teeth from a rediscovered cave show humans were in Indonesia more than 63,000 years ago
via Jakarta Post, 31 July 2017
Central Java ready to host annual Borobudur Festival
…The event that ran from July 28 to 30 featured plenty of arts and cultural activities, seminar, human resource training, local products and culinary exhibitions.
“We hope that BIF can be held more frequently, make it into an annual or biannual event,” Esthy suggested.
Central Java governor Ganjar Pranowo welcome the suggestion of making BIF as an annual event. Ganjar said that the event positively contributes to the enhancement of Indonesian tourism, especially in Central Java.
Source: Central Java ready to host annual Borobudur Festival – News – The Jakarta Post
via Jakarta Post, 20 July 2017: The Borobudur Tourism Authority Board has just been set up, and its goal is to attract 2 million visitors by 2019.
The new BOP will turn Borobudur into a national and international cultural destination that will attract 2,000,000 overseas tourists by the year of 2019.
Source: Borobudur Tourism Authority Board now opens for business – News – The Jakarta Post
via Khmer Times, 13 July 2017: Indonesian and Cambodian travel industry meets to find ways to co-promote tourism in each others’ countries, notably to cross-promote the World Heritage Sites of Angkor and Borobudur.
More than 40 tourism sector specialists from Cambodia and Indonesia met to discuss the possibility of partnering.
Source: Indonesia promotes tourism links – Khmer Times
Former US President Obama visited Borobudur last week with much fanfare, and it was nice of him to leave a positive note about the continued preservation of the site.
Moreover, Obama also calls for the preservation of the 9th-century Buddhist temple.
Source: Obama calls for preservation of Borobudur Temple – News – The Jakarta Post
The Guardian, 05 June 2017:
One of Australia’s most treasured second world war warships has been illegally salvaged for metal, devastating the war grave of more than 300 sailors, maritime archaeologists say.
An Australian-Indonesian expedition conducted a dive on the wreck of HMAS Perth, which sank in 1942 following a fierce battle against the Japanese navy off the north-west tip of Java.
Kevin Sumption, the director of the Australian National Maritime Museum, said: “It is with profound regret we advise that our joint maritime archaeologist diving team has discovered sections of the Perth missing. Interim reports indicate only approximately 40% of the vessel remaining.
Source: Sunken Australian warship HMAS Perth ransacked by illegal scavengers | Australia news | The Guardian
The Patriots, 03 June 2017: An article about the Punjulharjo ancient boat site, which was discovered in central Java in 2008. The author expresses hope that a similar boat which is thought to be in Malaysia’s Sungei Batu can be found. Article is in Bahasa Indonesia.
Source: Situs Perahu Kuno Punjulharjo, Gambaran Awal Kapal Kuno Sungai Batu | The Patriots
From Select Books: A new book on the Belitung Shipwreck and its cargo which is now largely held and displayed in Singapore’s Asian Civilisations Museum.
Tang Shipwreck, The: Art And Exchange In The 9th Century
This book tells the story and presents the objects found on the Tang Shipwreck, discovered off Belitung Island in Indonesia in 1998, and now housed at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore. It is one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of recent times. Found at the site was a remarkable cargo of some 60,000 Chinese ceramics dating from the Tang dynasty (618-907), along with finely wrought gold and silver objects, bronze mirrors, and more ordinary objects belonging to the crew. The ten essays in this profusely illustrated volume discuss the ceramics and other commodities on board, the ship’s construction and possible origin, China’s maritime trade in the Tang period, Chinese ceramic production, ports of call in Asia and Southeast Asia, and life on board the ship.
Source: Tang Shipwreck, The: Art And Exchange In The 9Th Century (Select Books: The Asian Book Specialist – Bookseller, Publisher and Distributor)
Job posting by Unesco Jakarta. Closing date is 5 June 2017.
Under the overall supervision of the Director of UNESCO Office, Jakarta, and under the direct supervision of the Head of the Culture Unit, the incumbent shall serve as Administrative and Project Assistant for Culture Unit, UNESCO Office Jakarta, cluster Office for Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste.
Source: Administrative and Project Assistant for Culture | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
TTG Asia, 19 May 2017: The travel industry in Indonesia is complaining of an ‘unannounced’ price hike for admission to Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko temples.
Source: Lack of clarity on Borobudur temple fee hike ruffles agents’ feathers – TTG Asia – Leader in Hotel, Airlines, Tourism and Travel Trade News