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Rare Garuda statue unearthed in ancient East Java hot spring

Asip Hasani

The Jakarta Post

East Java  /  Thu, October 3, 2019  /  01:37 pm
  • The 80-centimeter-tall Garuda statue was found relatively intact and stuck to the walls of a hot spring that was being excavated by a BPCB Trowulan archaeology team.

    The 80-centimeter-tall Garuda statue was found relatively intact and stuck to the walls of a hot spring that was being excavated by a BPCB Trowulan archaeology team. OF JP/Asip Hasani

    The 80-centimeter-tall Garuda statue was found relatively intact and stuck to the walls of a hot spring that was being excavated by a BPCB Trowulan archaeology team.

  • The 80-centimeter-tall Garuda statue was found relatively intact and stuck to the walls of a hot spring that was being excavated by a BPCB Trowulan archaeology team.

    The 80-centimeter-tall Garuda statue was found relatively intact and stuck to the walls of a hot spring that was being excavated by a BPCB Trowulan archaeology team. OF JP/Asip Hasani

    The 80-centimeter-tall Garuda statue was found relatively intact and stuck to the walls of a hot spring that was being excavated by a BPCB Trowulan archaeology team.

  • The site was initially found by villagers who were cleaning the area on June 30.

     The site was initially found by villagers who were cleaning the area on June 30. OF JP/Asip Hasani

    The site was initially found by villagers who were cleaning the area on June 30.

  • Workers help with the excavation process of the Sumberbeji hot spring in Jombang, East Java, Sept. 18.

    Workers help with the excavation process of the Sumberbeji hot spring in Jombang, East Java, Sept. 18. OF JP/Asip Hasani

    Workers help with the excavation process of the Sumberbeji hot spring in Jombang, East Java, Sept. 18.

  • The team also discovered a 14-meter-long water canal that was also surrounded by brick walls.

    The team also discovered a 14-meter-long water canal that was also surrounded by brick walls. OF JP/Asip Hasani

    The team also discovered a 14-meter-long water canal that was also surrounded by brick walls.

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A rare jaladwara (waterway segment) made of stone that resembles a Garuda and believed to date back to before the Majapahit era was found during an excavation of the ancient petirtaan (hot spring) in Sumberbeji village, Ngoro district, Jombang regency, East Java. Discovered by the Trowulan Cultural Heritage Preservation Agency (BPCB) in East Java, the 80-centimeter-tall Garuda statue was found relatively intact and stuck to the walls of a hot spring that was being excavated by a BPCB Trowulan archaeology team for a period of 10 days since Sept. 9. "This is the only ancient hot spring that has a Garuda statue as its jaladwara," Wicaksono Dwi Nugroho, archaeologist and head of the excavation team, told The Jakarta Post on Sept. 18. The Garuda statue depicts a scene of Garuda stepping on a dragon while one of its hands is gripping the dragon's tail. Based on the scene...