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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Uncovering The Mystery Of Candidate Of The Largest and Oldest Site In The World Still Continues

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Mount Padang Site (source: wikipedia)
Uncovering the mystery of the candidate of the oldest and largest site in the world still continues. Independent Research Teams of Mount Padang Megalithicum site will send a sample of site to the United States. Mount Padang Megalithicum site is located in West Java, Cianjur district. Although still under debate, but the researchers did not give up, and Indonesia government encourage this mystery, why this civilization is disappear.

Actually, the site of Mount Padang Megalithicum has been known since 1914, but had forgotten. Until 1979, local residents reported on the existence of a square pile of stones of various sizes are arranged in a place with staircase leading to Mount Gede. Although believed to be the most oldest, but the researchers involved, based on the sample which was found in the excavation process some time ago, still dare to say is the largest in the world.

Geotechnical experts from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (IIS or LIPI in Indonesia language), Dr. Danny Hilman said radiometricdating carbon analysis (preliminary) shows, the age of the layer beneath site at a depth of 4 meters which is 6700 years ago. While the age of the carbon samples from the sand that fills the cavity at a depth of 8-10 meters which is 13 600 years ago.

"Samples will be sent to Miami to investigate to determine Radiocarbon age of rock. If it is called the oldest, not really, because there are sites in the world Gobekli Tepe, in Turkey which has 11 600 BC," he said in Mount Padang Exposure Research which took place in Building Krina Bhakti, Secretariat of State, Jln. Veteran III, Central Jakarta, Tuesday (14/8).

Prehistoric expert from the University of Indonesia, Dr. Ali Akbar said the research process should be continued to reveal the existence of empty space in the building site.

According to him, until now, the team learned the building structure to depths of 15 meters. Meanwhile, the building was estimated depth of 100 meters. "It was bigger than Borobudur temple. In the meantime, we can claim that the building is the largest prehistoric world," he said.

Ali Akbar added, while the results of the archaeological aspects of the site is not a place to live, but the main cult of the forces of nature, the spirit of Mount Gede-Pangrango. Other cult of ancestors, the spirit of Mount Karuhun.

Deputy Minister of Education and Culture, Wiendu Nuryanti welcomes and encourages the formation of an integrated research team involving multiple disciplines. He claimed that Kemdikbud has received submissions from various research teams to study the history of the temples in the region of Sulawesi, Kalimantan, and Sumatra.

"The greatness of this civilization must continue to be revealed. Kemdikbud welcomed the people's desire to uncover the mystery of this civilization during the study could be accounted for scientifically, the scientific method," he said.

According Wiendu, tens of thousands of temples that exist in various regions in Indonesia, is associated closely with the civilization of a nation that is lost due to major disasters, because the position of Indonesia in the Earth's ring of fire.

"There are more than 65 200 temples, historical monuments, statues, all of which can be seen in direct association with the ring of fire," he said. (LIPI, red: threelas)

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