Baby sharks found in Sentani after deadly flood

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Sharks in Lake Sentani. Source: Jakarta Post, 20190319
Sharks in Lake Sentani. Source: Jakarta Post, 20190319
Sharks in Lake Sentani. Source: Jakarta Post, 20190319

via Jakarta Post, 19 Mar 2019: The headline doesn’t sound very archaeological, but the underlying story reveals a changing landscape over geological time which have led sharks to adapt to a freshwater environment.

Sentani is located about 36 kilometers from downtown Jayapura. Iconic Lake Sentani, the largest lake in Papua, is located at an altitude of 75 meters above sea level.

A researcher from the Papua Archaeological Center, Hari Suroto, said in the past the lake formed part of the sea but had moved inland over the centuries, therefore there were records that showed sharks had lived in its waters.

“This part of the sea is connected to rivers and springs on the Cycloops mountain,” he said on Tuesday as quoted by antaranews.com.

The movement of the earth’s layers, Hari added, had changed Lake Sentani into a fresh water body.

Source: Baby sharks found in Sentani after deadly flood – National – The Jakarta Post

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Banjir Sentani Tenggelamkan Warisan Megalitik

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Floods in the Lake Sentani region, Papua. Source: Papua Bisnis, 20190321
Floods in the Lake Sentani region, Papua. Source: Papua Bisnis, 20190321
Floods in the Lake Sentani region, Papua. Source: Papua Bisnis, 20190321

via Papua Bisnis.com, 21 Mar 2019: Floods in Lake Sentani have also drowned out some megalithic sites in Papua. Article is in Bahasa Indonesia.

Banjir yang melanda Sentani membuat air Danau Sentani meluap,selain merendam permukiman penduduk, juga menenggelamkan tinggalan megalitik berupa papan batu di Situs Tanjung Warakho, Kampung Doyo Lama, Distrik Waibu, Kabupaten Jayapura, Papua.

Demikian disampaikan Peneliti dari Balai Arkeologi Papua Hari Suroto kepada Antara di Jayapura, Kamis (21/3/2019). Menurut dia, Banjir yang melanda Sentani membuat air Danau Sentani meluap.

Selain merendam permukiman penduduk, kata Hari, ternyata luapan air ini juga menenggelamkan tinggalan megalitik berupa papan batu di Situs Tanjung Warakho, Kampung Doyo Lama, Distrik Waibu, Kabupaten Jayapura.

Source: Banjir Sentani Tenggelamkan Warisan Megalitik

Sejak Tiga Ribu Tahun Lalu, Sudah Ada Jejak Peradaban di Danau Sentani

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via Mongabay, 26 May 2018: The archaeology of Sentani Lake in Papua, Indonesia. Article is in Bahasa.

Matahari terik menyengat, tapi tidak menyurutkan langkah kaki para peneliti Balai Arkeologi Papua (09/05). Didampingi warga Kampung Ayapo, Distrik Sentani Timur, Kabupaten Jayapura mereka mendaki bukit, melewati padang alang-alang savana.…

Source: Sejak Tiga Ribu Tahun Lalu, Sudah Ada Jejak Peradaban di Danau Sentani

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Prehistoric caves found in Papua

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A series of caves containing prehistoric artefacts have been discovered near Jayapura, the capital of Indonesia’s Papua province.

Prehistoric caves discovered near Sentani Lake
Jakarta Post, 02 February 2015

The Archaeology Agency of Jayapura has recently discovered caves that were once inhabited by prehistoric people in the karst hills near Sentani Lake, Jayapura.

“The caves discovered have been named Rukhabulu Awabu, Ifeli-feli and Ceruk Reugable,” researcher Hari Suroto of the agency said as quoted by Antara.

Full story here.