Second sarcophagus found in Bali

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

A sarcophagus, or stone coffin, estimated to be up to 2,500 years old has been found in Bali’s Gianyar district, a local archaeologist said on Monday.

Wayan Suantika, the head of the Denpasar Archeology Agency, told the Jakarta Globe that the sarcophagus had been found on Saturday in Keramas village by Muksin Riadi, a brick maker, while he was digging for brick-making material. It was found 1.5 meters below the surface.

Muksin had immediately stopped digging and reported the finding to the Blahbatuh Police.

Wayan said the size of the sarcophagus suggests that it was most likely used to inter a child, and he made a preliminary estimate that it dated back about 2,300 to 2,500 years. Bones and teeth were also found.

Related Books:
A Short History of Bali: Indonesia’s Hindu Realm (A Short History of Asia series)
The Peoples of Bali (Peoples of South-East Asia and the Pacific)
Monumental Bali: Introduction to Balinese Archeology & Guide to the Monuments (Bali)

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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