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Thieves target ancient temples in North Sumatra

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 18 2011   /  09:49 am

A number of thieves in North Sumatra are reportedly targeting ancient temples in the province that are believed to contain treasures, including gold and silver relics.

The Medan State University’s Center for Historical Studies and Social Sciences (Pussis), disclosed that half of the 16 temples in Padang Lawas and North Padang Lawas regencies were currently at risk of being illegally excavated by treasure hunters. At stake are the Bara, Longu, Tandihat I, Pagaran Bira, Nagasaribu and Sangkilon temples, all dating back to the ninth century and originating from Buddhist and Hindu religions.

Pussis researcher, Eron Damanik, said that the ninth century temples would most likely be excavated by thieves because they were located far from human settlements and therefore difficult to protect.

Eron added that a resident had recently spotted thieves digging at the Sangkilon ...