New prehistoric sites discovered in central Java

15 prehistoric sites from the Neolithic to Paleolithic have been discovered in the regency of Purbalingga. They were found when geologists were investigating the flow of some of the major rivers in the region, and they require further investigation.

15 new pre-historic sites found in C. Java

Jakarta Post, 08 July 2009

Up to 15 new prehistoric sites have been discovered recently in Purbalingga regency, Central Java, an administration official has said.

The head of Purbalingga administration’s Media Information Division, Prayitno, said the sites were spread across the upper stream sections of the Klawing and Tungtung Gunung Rivers and the up and downstream areas of the Laban and Kuning Rivers.

“The regency administration is currently asking experts of related fields to study the sites more thoroughly,” Prayitno told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

He said from the 15 sites, hundreds of prehistoric stones and artifacts had been found and are currently being kept in a workshop in Pasir Luhur, West Java.

Among the findings, said Prayitno, are the remains of bracelets and axes believed to be from the Neolithic age.

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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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