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Jakarta Post

Batu Bedil: Traces of ancient culture

  • Ani Suswantoro


Tanggamus, Lampung   /   Sun, February 6 2011   /  12:44 pm

The inscriptionEvery time I visit the province of Lampung to meet my in-laws, I usually drive from Pringsewu regency to Kota Agung Beach, a popular tourist destination in the nearby Tanggamus regency. On my way there, I often pass road signs to the Batu Bedil site.I asked my relatives and friends what Batu Bedil was all about. To my surprise, only my father-in-law could give me an answer. “It’s a prehistoric site in Pulau Panggung subdistrict,” he said. When asked whether he had been there, he said it was almost 15 years ago. He was unsure what it looked like lately. So, I invited my relatives to accompany me there, but they were reluctant.“Sorry, we are not interested in such old stuff. Although we live close to the sites, we have never been there,” Rusda, 45, said, giggling. Her husband Yanuar added, “We even didn’t even know that such a place existed.” Similar sounds o...