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Toll road construction hits suspected ancient kingdom sites

  • Aman Rochman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 16 2019   /  12:48 am

A site thought to be from the Majapahit Kingdom has been found in Sekarpuro subdistrict, Malang regency, East Java, during the development of section V of the Malang-Pandaan toll road project.The discovery has put the construction on hold, according to the president director of state-owned toll road operator PT Jasa Marga Pandaan-Malang, Agus Purnomo.“We are waiting for the result of the study conducted by the Cultural Heritage Preservation Center [BPCB] and will coordinate with the BPCB in Trowulan [East Java] regarding the finding,” Agus said on Sunday.The finding was a brick structure resembling stairs and bricks scattered on the site of the toll road construction. Each of the bricks is about 45 x 60 centimeters wide with a thickness of 7 cm.They were found when a bulldozer was about to clear the area. Observing the bricks, archeologist M. Dwi Cahyono of Malang State University pr...