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?
A Majapahit site is subject to rain and erosion after the tent that ws supposed to protect it collapsed due to bad weather.
A visitor expresses frustration at the general mismanagement of the ruins of Majapahit in Trowulan including the lack of directions and access as well as poor information signs at the museum.
Ruins of Majapahit Obscured By Apathy
Jakarta Globe, 19 January 2010
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.
It’s mid-December already, and I haven’t posted any news so far on account of being in Hanoi for the first couple of weeks, and then falling majorly sick after returning. So rather than trying to catch up with three week’s worth of archaeology news from Southeast Asia, here’s all of them in one brilliant link dump, sorted by date (most recent ones first) and country.
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.
The translation on Google Translate is a little patchy, but I believe that scholars are calling for the limits Majapahit Palace site to be formally defined to determine areas of potential archaeological significance and excavation, and also since there is probably modern settlement over parts of the buried structures. This issue was brought up during a national forum on the Majapahit site in Trowulan, East Java.
Batas Keraton Majapahit Harus Segera Ditentukan
Kompas, 12 November 2009
Ongoing excavations at the Majapahit Information Centre site at Trowulan are being threatened by the seasonal tropical rains and archaeologists working at the site are worried about the effects of water pooling and splash on the unearthed ruins.
Gapura Bajang Ratu is one of the many structures that form part of the Majapahit ruins in Trowulan. I’m pretty sure ‘Gapura’ is a Javanised translation of the word Gopura, which refers to the entrance gateway to South Indian-style temples.