The Institute for the Preservation of Archaeological Heritage overseeing the construction of the museum at the Majapahit Infomation Centre in Trowulan, East Java reports that the construction is on schedule and construction of Sector A will be completed by Christmas this year. The original article is in Bahasa Indonesia, so I’m a little unsure about the figures quoted – a USD$4 billion bill for each of the four sectors of construction?
Following last year’s controversy over the government’s plan to build a Majapahit Information Centre on top of the actual ruins of Majapahit, this proposed architectural design is quite novel: a modular, lightweight and collapsible structure that allows visitors to peer over the ruins while doing minimal damage to the ground below it.
The excavation at the site of the Majapahit Information Centre concluded last week, yielding the discovery of 150,000 fragments (?) and 60,000 Chinese coins (periods not specified). The haul of Chinese cash has been interpreted as th existence of trade and diplomatic relations between China and Majapahit, but I think it’s important to note that Chinese coinage is found just about everywhere in Southeast Asia – it could have been accepted as some sort of universal currrency, similar to how the US dollar is accepted in most parts of SEA today.