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Prehistoric caves discovered near Sentani Lake

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    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Mon, February 2, 2015   /  07:48 am

The Archaeology Agency of Jayapura has recently discovered caves that were once inhabited by prehistoric people in the karst hills near Sentani Lake, Jayapura.

'€œThe caves discovered have been named Rukhabulu Awabu, Ifeli-feli and Ceruk Reugable,'€ researcher Hari Suroto of the agency said as quoted by Antara.

Hari said the caves'€™ physical conditions and their location near a water source, as well as artifacts including pottery, mollusk shells and animal bones, indicated that the caves were used as human dwellings during the Neolithic age.

The pottery, which was found not to be made from the soil of the surrounding area, suggest that the inhabitants of the caves had links with people living on the coast of Youtefa Bay. (***)