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Jakarta Post

Treasure hunting on burned peatland puts South Sumatra authorities on guard

  • Yulia Savitri

    The Jakarta Post

Palembang   /   Tue, October 8, 2019   /  04:25 pm
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An exhibit at Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition at the National Museum in Jakarta in 2017.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Authorities in South Sumatra are on the alert as they tighten security to put a stop to any attempts of treasure hunting in areas where centuries-old ancient valuables were recently unearthed following months of wildfires in parts of the province. Residents of Ogan Komering Ilir regency discovered last week archeological objects on burned peatland, with some people having reportedly taken home some of the treasure ─ the origins of which are believed to date back to the Sriwijaya Kingdom era in the seventh century ─ without reporting the findings to authorities. South Sumatra Police chief Insp. Gen. Firli Bahuri launched an air patrol on Sunday to monitor the location of the findings, while regency officials urged district and village heads to make sure no one from outside the region paid a visit without permission to look for ancient treasures. “We are anticipating t...