Indonesian archaeologists discover ancient settlement in West Papua

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Archaeologists working at the Mosandurei site in West Papua. Source: Tempo 20150329

Archaeologists in West Papua have discovered archaeological remains on a settlement site situated on a strategic location overlooking the Cendrawasih coast. Finds include numerous colonial period artefacts – European and Chinese ceramics. [Many thanks to Hari Suroto, who is also quoted in the article, for the heads up].

Archaeologists working at the Mosandurei  site in West Papua. Source: Tempo 20150329

Archaeologists working at the Mosandurei site in West Papua. Source: Tempo 20150329

Archaeologists Discover Ancient Settlement in Papua
Tempo, 29 March 2015

Archaeologists in Napan District, Nabire Regency, Papua Province, have discovered a Mosandurei site which is an ancient settlement.

“The ancient village Mosandurei was discovered during the process of an archaeological research, said researcher staff of Jayapura Archaeological Station, Hari Suroto, in Jayapura, Papua, on Saturday, March 28, as quoted by Antara News.

According to Suroto, stone tools beads, Chinese ceramic from Ming and Ching Dynasty (XVI-XVII, XVII-XVIII centuries), European ceramic wares, bottles, and earthenware.

“Manufacturer stamps are found on the European ceramics, namely Fregout & Co Saastrusht Dragon Made in Holland and Petrus Regout & Co Maastricht made in Holland,” Suroto added.

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Prehistoric settlement found in Sri Lanka

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Archaeologists in Sri Lanka excavate a prehistoric settlement in the central hills. The finds suggest that people in prehistoric times live in the highlands before environmental conditions forced them to move to the lower plains.

Lankan research team discover prehistoric man
TruthDive, 04 November 2011

A Sri Lankan archaeological and excavating team led by Professor Raj Somadeva has announced the discovery of a prehistoric human settlement near Haldummulla town, 835 metres above sea level on the Southern Platform of central hills.

According to Professor Somadeva, the prehistoric settlement is about 3000 years old and showcases the transition from hunting to agriculture.

The stone tools and graves uncovered in Ranchamadama and Haldummulla represent more or less the same period, yet the fragments of pottery and stone tools and other archaeological evidence discovered in Ranchamadama in 2009 prove that Sri Lankan prehistoric man migrated from higher Haldummulla to lower Ranchamadama later.

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Humans have been living it 'up' for 50,000 years

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Archaeologists find evidence for settlements in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, giving us indication that humans were living, rather successfully, in cold and relatively inhospitable conditions for the last 50,000 years.

Papua Peak Gives Picture, Puzzle of Ancient Tribes
AFP, via Jakarta Globe, 01 October 2010
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