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Jakarta Post

Bali's ancient history at 10 cents a brick

  • Trisha Sertori


Gianyar   /   Thu, February 5 2009   /  04:56 pm
Oops : A 2,000-year-old sarcophagus broken. (JP/J.B. Djwan)(JP/J.B. Djwan)

Oops : A 2,000-year-old sarcophagus broken. (JP/J.B. Djwan) A second stone sarcophagus was found Saturday just 7 meters from an earlier sarcophagus discovered less than three weeks ago at a Keramas brickmaking site. This second sarcophagus has led some archeologists to suggest the site may once have been the burial ground of ancient chieftains. A human skull and leg bones were also discovered, and may form part of a chieftain's burial retinue. The small egg-shaped sarcophagus found Saturday by brickmaker Muksin Riadi may be the coffin of a child. The stone coffin is believed to be between 2,000 and 2,500 years old. Ironically, the head of the Bali Archeology Agency, Wayan Suantika, says this latest find increases his agency's belief that the Keramas site is of low archeological significance. "The site at this stage is not considered of high signi...