A site thought to be from the Majapahit Kingdom has been found in Sekarpuro subdistrict, Malang regency, East Java, during the development of section V of the Malang-Pandaan toll road project.
The discovery has put the construction on hold, according to the president director of state-owned toll road operator PT Jasa Marga Pandaan-Malang, Agus Purnomo.
“We are waiting for the result of the study conducted by the Cultural Heritage Preservation Center [BPCB] and will coordinate with the BPCB in Trowulan [East Java] regarding the finding,” Agus said on Sunday.
The finding was a brick structure resembling stairs and bricks scattered on the site of the toll road construction. Each of the bricks is about 45 x 60 centimeters wide with a thickness of 7 cm.
Local administrations in East Java are expected to revoke a building permit issued to a private firm that plans to build a steel mill in the vicinity of what was once the ancient capital of the Majapahit Kingdom, Trowulan, following weeks of protests from preservation societies and archeologists.
East Java Governor Soekarwo said that the local administration in Mojokerto would press ahead with its move to revoke the permit, despite a protest from the steel company, PT Manunggal Sentral Baja.
A new archaeological find 12km from the traditional centre of the Majapahit capital region, but contemporary to it may suggest that the boundaries of the capital is larger than currently believed. Ceramics containing the symbol of Majapahit royalty were found in this site.
Before I get irate comments about Borobudur, which is in central Java, Candi Sumberawan is a lesser-known – and only – purely Buddhist monument in East Java. The collapsed stupa sits at the foot of Mount Arjuna, where the local villagers still attend to it.
A team of archaeologists in Indonesia has discovered what is said to be the central palace of the Majapahit kingdom using a local well as a reference point, which was said to have been used by the kingdom’s founder in the 12th century. The kingdom was dominant in East Java from 1293 to 1528 and at its height replaced Srivijaya for dominance over the Southeast Asian seas. The centre of the Majapahit kingdom is held to be in the vicinity of Trowulan, a village in East Java.
Archeologists discover center of Majapahit kingdom in Mojokerto
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