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Monday, May 26, 2014

Neolithic sites found in Papua

Balai Arkeologi Jayapura (Archaeological Institute of Jayapura) find Neolithic and megalithic era settlements covering the area of 15,000 square meters in the Srobu Hill, between the Village of Abepantai and Enggros, Abepura District, City of Jayapura, Papua.

Head of Archaeological Institute of Jayapura, Muhammad Irfan Mahmud said the discovery was based on the reports of it in early February. "So after reported to Archaeological Institute of Jayapura, we immediately conducted a survey and excavation in the field. And today is the 10th day of research and excavation," Irfan said in Jayapura on Tuesday, May 21, 2014 as quoted by Antara.
Illustration of Neolithic artifacts. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1hhAOLP)
He explains in the survey, research, and excavation by the six-person team, the most common is the estimated number of shells from thousands to millions spread across the Srobu Hill. This hill is called 'Bukit Kerang' by local residents.

In addition, also found fragments of pottery motifs, tool flakes, and ax which is a relic of the Neolithic period. While the findings of the megalithic period, among others menhir, stone table, stone patio stairs, and the former settlement.

"This marks the discovery on a hill not far from the sea surface, a fairly complete and complex, because there is the former home," he said.

Erlin Novita Djami, Chairman of the excavation team who met in Mount Srobu, said besides fragments of pottery, menhirs, and stone table, and dakon also found human bones.

"According to the statements of local residents in this hill was also the hiding place Japanese soldiers during World War II. There are human bones but not yet certain whether it belongs to the local population or the Japanese army,"

Archaeological Institute of Jayapura itself does not have a laboratory to determine the date of definite the objects of megaliths and Neolithic to examine the age of bones in the hills.

"What we're after is the discovery of the remains of charcoal or a kitchen to cook can be known through measurements of carbon," said Djami.

Based on the results of research and excavation that will expire May 23, 2014, the Archaeological Institute of Jayapura immediately make a report and propose to the parties concerned to Srobu Hill became the site of research or natural laboratory for students in Jayapura and Papua. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ANTARA]
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