A controversial archaeological excavation is taking place at Gunung Padang, a megalith site in Java, where the investigators are looking for evidence for a lost civilisation. The problem is, they seem to be working on a number of questionable assumptions, and the article talks about one of them – the so-called Out of Sundaland hypothesis.
Gunung Padang site, Java. Source: Jakarta Globe 20141028
‘Out of Sundaland’ Assumption Disproved
Jakarta Globe, 28 October 2014 Read More
An excavation at the Gunung Padag megalithic site has drawn criticism for its excavation methods by the local archaeology centre. The excavation is being run by an independent team of researcher, who according to the report, have “unlimited” funding.
Nicholas Gani Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
It’s a photo of Lindsay Lloyd-Smith and I trying to capture a ‘perfect’ plan shot of the excavation trench at the Perupun Arur Ritan stone mound site in the village of Pa Lungan in the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak. Part of our work in this year’s Early Central Borneo project, which just ended last week.
Harry Octavianus Sofian Balai Arkeologi Palembang – Departemen Pendidikan Dan Kebudayaan Republik Indonesia
Gunungmegang statue is one of the site from Pasemah Megalithic Culture, located at the foot of the Mountain Dempo, Lahat Distric, South Sumatera Province – Indonesia. Pasemah megalithic culture is very unic, because the representation from the statue not stiff, but show dynamic activity,like Gunungmegang statue, show man holding the trunk of the elephant. This statue show us how the ancient people do domestication of wild elephants?
Something I’m working on at the moment is to try georeferencing every mention of a rock art site in Southeast Asia on a Google Earth map. Here’s the current work in progres:
Rock Art Sites in SEA
Reds are painted and drawn sites, Blues are petroglyphs, and Greens are megaliths. I have been on record before saying there are at least 400-600 known sites in the region. My current count is somewhere close to 1,400.
A presidential-sanctioned group named the Prehistoric Catastrophic Disaster Research Team is claiming that the megaliths on top of Mount Padang in West Java are in fact part of a larger structure buried 18 metres below ground. Some of the claims made here by the scientists seem to be very sensational, and not all too factually correct – such as the claim that the structure dates to 4,000 years old and therefore older than the pyramids of Giza. The pyramids of Giza were built in the mid-third millennium BCE, which make them older than 4000 years. This same group is linked with the alleged pyramid at Mount Sadahurip. I wonder what’s with the fixation on the pyramids?
Here’s a list of archaeology stories from Southeast Asia that I missed out on over the last two weeks. Most prominently has been the eruption of fighting between the military forces of Cambodia and Thailand at the border near Preah Vihear:
Preah Vihear, wikicommons
Alison in Cambodia has been keeping tabs on the situation far more competently than I am. Check her posts out here, here and here.
2 die as Thai, Cambodian troops battle at border [AP, via Jakarta Post, 04 Feb 2011]
Villagers flee deadly clashes on Thai-Cambodian border [Malaysia Sun, 06 Feb 2011]
Thai, Cambodian clashes resume at disputed border [AP, via TodayOnline, 07 Feb 2011]
Temple at centre of Thai-Cambodian dispute [AFP, vis SBS, 07 Feb 2011]
Call For Preah Vihear Temple To Be Handed To UN [Bernama, 07 Feb 2011]
Ancient temple at centre of Thai-Cambodian dispute [AFP, vis MSN Philippines, 07 Feb 2011]