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Jakarta Post

The battle to defend military history

  • Matheor Viktor Messakh

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 13 2009   /  01:10 pm

Perhaps because most of them were built during the colonial era, they have never really been regarded as part of our history.

For thousands of years, humans have been building fortifications, as military constructions designed for defense during war, in a variety of complex designs.

Although many of the fortifications in Indonesia were built before colonialism, a great deal more were built during it, meaning they were neglected after the nation won its independence.

Now, a new effort to preserve these historical defense structures is underway, with researchers assessing traditional and colonial fortifications around the country in a bid to preserve the structures and raise community awareness about their historical importance.

The project, run by the Center for Architecture Documentation (PDA) and its Dutch counterpart Passchie...