Maggie from the excellent Past Horizons website told me about a news video about the Bali sarcophagus that was reported recently in the news (see also here and here). Check out the video footage here and also check out the excellent Past Horizons website.
You can see that the sarcophagus was relatively deep – about one and a half metres down, so you gotta wonder how much the discoverer was digging in his search for raw material to make bricks.
That can’t be right, right? That an area where two stone sarcophagi, possibly dating 2,000 years (see here and here), be considered to be of “low archaeological significance”? That’s what the head of the Bali Archaeology Agency says. Others, including university and museum staff disagree about the significance of the find but at the end of the day, it’s the lack of funding that’s tying everybody’s hands.
Bali’s ancient history at 10 cents a brick
Jakarta Post, 05 February 2009
Amazingly enough, a second sarcophagus is found, only 10 metres away from the first sarcophagus that was destroyed due to carelessness and ignorance. The second sarcophagus is smaller and thought to house a child, and is preliminarily dated to 2,500 years old.
Second Ancient Sarcophagus Uncovered in Bali
Jakarta Globe, 02 February 2009
It would have been an amazing find: a skeleton entombed in a terracotta sarcophagus in Bali for 2,000 years. Unfortunately, workers operating a brickmaking kiln nearby have destroyed and contaminated most of the find, and future reconstruction is all but impossible. This sad story reveals the state of archaeology throughout Indonesia – many sites are destroyed out of ignorance and a more immediate and pressing financial need.
DUST TO DUST: Ancient relics reduced to rubble
The Jakarta Post, 30 January 2009