Video of the Bali sarcophagus find

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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.

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Bali sarcophagus site of 'low archaeological significance'

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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
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Balinese sarcophagus lost forever due to neglect

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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
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