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Relics from World War II recovered from Bengawan Solo River

  • Asip Hasani

    The Jakarta Post

Lamongan   /   Wed, November 20 2019   /  12:30 am
Bridging the past: Workers load part of a World War II era pontoon bridge onto a truck on Nov. 7 after lifting it out of the Bengawan Solo River in Lamongan, East Java. Last week, the Education and Culture Ministry’s Cultural Heritage Preservation and Museum Affairs Directorate arranged for three such sunken pontoon bridge components to be lifted from the river.(JP/Asip Hasani)(JP/Asip Hasani)

Bridging the past: Workers load part of a World War II era pontoon bridge onto a truck on Nov. 7 after lifting it out of the Bengawan Solo River in Lamongan, East Java. Last week, the Education and Culture Ministry’s Cultural Heritage Preservation and Museum Affairs Directorate arranged for three such sunken pontoon bridge components to be lifted from the river.(JP/Asip Hasani)The recent discovery of boat-shaped artifacts assumed to be part of a pontoon bridge left by the Dutch East Indies colonial government in the Bengawan Solo River in Lamongan, East Java, are reminders of how Allied forces were initially defeated in the Southeast Asian theater during World War II.The sunken pontoons had been found by sand miners in Mertani village, Lamongan regency, East Java, in early October after a prolonged dry season led to an unusual drop of water levels in the river.Archaeologists said the A...