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Jakarta Post

Karimunjawa part of an ancient trade route: Archeological find

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 3 2009   /  10:37 am

JP/Suherdjoko  An underwater archeological team from the Yogyakarta Archeological Center has discovered ancient earthenware believed to date back to the 13th century Ming Dynasty in China, scattered on the sea bed northeast of Genting Island, in the Karimunjawa Island chain off Jepara regency, Central Java.  Team leader Priyatno Hadi Sulistyarto, said in Karimunjawa on Friday, that the finding indicated the area was an ancient trade route. The underwater archeological exploration is the first of its kind in Indonesia.“The ceramic fragments we found depicted white and blue motifs of flowers and animals. The earthenware items were mass-produced. Besides that, the bottom of the bowls and plates is rough and embedded with sand. All of them showed special traits usually found on earthenware from the Ming dynasty,” said Priyatno.The 16-member research team from the Yogyakart...