Excavations at Trowulan Information Centre ends

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.

Ratusan Ribu Peninggalan Majapahit Ditemukan
Kompas.com, 22 November 2009
Translation via Google Translate

MOJOKERTO, KOMPAS.com-site excavation of the third stage of Majapahit in development projects Majapahit Information Center or PIM now be renamed Neo Trowulan PIM on Site, Mojokerto regency, East Java, which lasted from 10 November ended on Sunday (22/11).

According to Mundardjito, many findings in diverse species is increasingly mensahihkan initial hypothesis ahwa area currently being explored is the center of Majapahit. The findings of ancient money from China membutktikan that the time has also established trade and diplomatic relations between the two countries are very serious.

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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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