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Jakarta Post

DUST TO DUST: Ancient relics reduced to rubble

  • Trisha Sertori


Jakarta   /   Fri, January 30 2009   /  11:39 am

Piece of History: Fragments of pottery and ceramics hint at life in the ancient civilizations in the Kremes area, although lack of funding and legal protection mean archaeologists have little opportunity to learn more. (JP/J.B. Djwan) A 2,000-year-old sarcophagus lies in pieces where it fell, protected from the elements and scavengers by yellow police tape and a blue tarpaulin.

Excited, curious kids duck under the yellow plastic strip and wander through the rubble, blissfully unaware the ground they tread on is strewn with ancient bone fragments from the stone coffin.
Half-baked: Workers at the brick-making site where a 2,000-year-old sarcophagus was found, earn about US$3.20 a day. One archaeologist believes workers could earn a better living through the preservation of the ancient site. (JP/ J.B Djwan) The sarcophagus, discovered earlier this mon...