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Sunday, July 7, 2013

An ancient Javanese Rice grains found

Yogyakarta Archaeological Center (Balai Arkeologi Yogyakarta) claims to find an ancient rice grain that is expected come from the 9th century on the slopes of Mount Sindoro, Temanggung - Central Java. Ancient rice grain was found about 7.5 kilometers from the summit of Mount Sindoro. Precisely in the former the mountain lava flow in Liyangan hamlet, Purbosari village, Ngadirejo district.
Rice grains. (Picture from: http://www.republika.co.id/)
The Liyangan site is one of the Ancient Mataram Kingdom settlement in the 9th century. "Rice grains are believed to be native Javanese rice," said the head of Yogyakarta Archaeological Center, Siswanto, after opening the Archeological museum exhibition in the General Soedirman University (Universitas Jenderal Soedirman/UNSOED), Purwokerto, Tuesday, July 2, 2013.
To reveal the existence of the Liyangan site on April 14 to 20 2009, the Yogyakarta Archaeological Center researcher team conducted research on finding objects buried sand to a depth of about seven to 10 meters, based on these results, the Yogyakarta Archaeological Center later concluded that the site is a settlements in the time of ancient Mataram kingdom. (Picture from: http://unik.kompasiana.com/)
Of this site as well, the team found a number of ancient objects. Among them, the home of bamboo thatched roofed, village road fence, and pavilion. All have become charcoal. On the location has not been found human fossils. "Chances are they already know the dangers threatening and evacuate immediately," he said.

He said that being excavated site area reaches 1 hectare. At the site also found the temple as a worship place, besides that it also found 40 pieces of Chinese jars of Tang Dynasty. He said Liyangan site consists of three parts, namely the residential, worship, and agricultural areas.
In addition to the small size of the temple, and so far in the sand mining site in the Liyangan site on the slopes of Mount Sindoro was still found other historical objects, in the area with an altitude of about 1,400 above sea level is the first time discovered a agriculture slope (talud), yoni, statues, and temple stones, alleged that the site is a residential area because of the found objects are the remnants of the house made ​​of wood and bamboo. (Picture from: http://unik.kompasiana.com/)
Chairman of the Institute for Research and Community Empowerment (Lembaga Penelitian dan Pemberdayaan Masyarakat/LPPM) General Soedirman University, Totok Agung, said the rice grains were found by the Yogyakarta Archaeological Center of the possibility of a rice only in Java. "I guess it kind of of javanicus rice sub-species," he said.

He said further, the type of rice was very tasty and fragrant. The rice has a lot of fur. Only, its cropping period is quite long, about 6-8 months. He said, this rice can still be found in rural areas with traditional agriculture. According to him, previously there are rice which is called paddy grendeng. "Paddy grendeng is likely to have a close kinship with the rice which found in Liyangan," he said. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | PIKIRAN RAKYAT 02072013]
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