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.
A new museum is planned for the regency of Malang in Java to house and protect its archaeological and cultural treasures. The museum is slated to be built in the Singhasari Temple archaeological compound.
An unusual 12th-century Ganesha statue was recovered by the Mpu Purwa Historical Object Preservation Center in East Java from a private collector. The statue is said to be unique in Indonesia because it depicts the elephant-headed god riding a mouse. It seems that many local archaeological treasures are in the hands of locals and even local hotels for use as mascots!
The ball is in the central government’s court over whether a Malang regency mosque should be moved in order to better preserve a set of 12th-century walls, believed to be the remants of the Singosari kingdom.
Historic site languishes under mosque as govt looks away
Jakarta Post, 17 September 2008 Read More
Lest this post sounds like an ideological battle, it’s actually more… architectural. Renovations to a local mosque are preventing archaeologists from investigating the remains of the ancient kingdom of Singosari in Java, Indonesia. Archaeologists fear that the renovations might damage the foundations of two 12th-century walls located underneath the mosque.
Archaeologists lament neglect of historic Singosari town
Jakarta Post, 10 September 2008 Read More
A Javanese stone tablet that was taken by British colonialists in the early 19th century returns to Indonesia. The four-tonne stone dates to the Mataram Kingdom and carries an inscription in old Javanese. It is ascribed to the Javanese king, Sri Maharaja Rakai Pangkaja Dyah Wawa Sri Wijayalokanamottungga.
Ancient artifact to return to Indonesia
Jakarta Post, 24 Jan 2008