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Ancient hot spring may provide clues to lost palace of Majapahit monarch Tribhuwana Tunggadewi

Asip Hasani

The Jakarta Post

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Jombang, East Java  /  Mon, October 28, 2019  /  11:06 am
Ancient hot spring may provide clues to lost palace of Majapahit monarch Tribhuwana Tunggadewi

An aerial image reveals the outlay of the Sumberbeji hot spring in Jombang, East Java, including the entire structure of the building and its architectural landscape. (Courtesy of BPCB Trowulan/File)

The recent discovery of an ancient pentirtaan (hot spring) in Sumberbeji village, Jombang regency, East Java, may provide clues to the location of a palace of the short-lived Kahuripan Kingdom that later became seat of the strongest female ruler in the history of the Majapahit Kingdom, Tribhuwana Tunggadewi.  According to Wicaksono Dwi Nugroho, an archaeologist from the Trowulan Cultural Heritage Preservation Agency (BPCB) in East Java and the head of the Sumberbeji site excavation team, among the archaeological findings that support the assumption were an ancient brick structure about three kilometers north of the hot spring and the Rimbi Temple about 14 km southeast of Sumberbeji.  The excavation of the Sumberbeji site, which is believed to have existed prior to the Majapahit Kingdom and was later refurbished during that period, has so far unveiled almost the entire str...