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Raffles’ temple possibly found in Blitar: Heritage center

  • Asip Hasani

    The Jakarta Post

Blitar   /   Fri, September 20 2019   /  12:51 am

A heritage preservation center is claiming that the area around the Punden Joko Pangon site in Gedog subdistrict, Blitar city, East Java, could be the location of an ancient temple that was mentioned in a book by East Indies lieutenant-governor Thomas Stamford Raffles.Gedog Temple was mentioned in Raffles’ book, History of Java, published in 1817.The Trowulan Cultural Heritage Preservation Center (BPCB) also decided that the site was worth excavating. It sent a team of archaeologists early this month to make initial observations of the site where a number of objects assumed to be fragments of an ancient temple were found by locals in the last few weeks.An archaeologist of the center, Wicaksono Dwi Nugroho, said that based on the initial examination, the site appeared to be the location of an ancient temple.“It’s quite possible that the temple was what Raffles called Gedog Temple, w...