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Archaeologists call for better protection and management of the Gunung Padang megalithic site in Java.

Megalithic site should be preserved: Experts
Jakarta Post, 02 May 2014

Experts have called on the government to do more to protect the Gunung Padang archaeological site in Karyamukti village in Cianjur regency, West Java, where a prismatic structure considered to be older and larger than the Borobudur temple in Central Java is currently being excavated.

According to several experts from the Gunung Padang independent and integrated research team (TTRM), the site could potentially be Indonesia’s oldest and most important prehistoric landmark and should be given priority in conservation efforts.

Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) researcher Danny Natawidjaja said that even without government support, excavation and conservation work would continue.

“We’ll foot the bill ourselves until everyone comes to their senses that this is a national asset,” said Danny at a discussion held by the Center for Information and Development Studies (CIDES) in Jakarta on Wednesday.

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