Monday, June 4, 2012

New findings, the width of Mount Padang is 25 hectares?



Research conducted at megalithic site of Mount Padang, Cianjur, West Java, again involved archaeologists. Archaeologists from the University of Indonesia led the study, by excavating on Mount Padang, from May 15 to June 30.

Previously, research on this site came to the fore after the Purba Katastropic Research Team facilitated by the President's Special Staff in the field of Social Assistance and Natural Disasters, Andi Arief, conducted research accompanied by drilling. The results, based on carbon dating, this site with man-made construction is thought to date from 10,000 BC.


Even so, Ali Akbar conducted research with archeological methods, and did not want to mix with methods previously carried out by geologists.

Initially, Ali Akbar conducted a surface survey on Mount Padang, before being excavated. From the results of this survey, the archeology team found a new structure on the east side of Mount Padang.

Ali Akbar suspected that the stone structure found regularly was a buffer for the main building of the punden terraces. Allegedly, the shape of the buffer is the same as the building supporting structure on the site of Machu Picchu in Peru.

"There are stone steps arranged, then there is the ground surface. It seems to support so that the building is not loose," Ali Akbar said, May 29, 2012.
Ali also suspected that the same structure was on the west side. However, the structure on the west side has been difficult to find, because many have now turned into residential settlements.

With the finding of a new structure on the east side, Ali Akbar suspected the building area of ​​Mount Padang was somewhat special. "It can be up to 25 hectares if it reaches the bottom of the hill. But maybe it can also be up to 75 hectares if it reaches the valley," he said.

Pottery Findings

In addition to finding the structure, from excavations carried out on terrace 4, the archaeological team found fragments of pottery. This finding is considered important to reveal the function of punden berundak Gunung Padang.
"So far it has been said that its function is worship. But of course it must be accompanied by supporting findings," he said.

According to Ali, the fragments found also showed traces of make, in the form of finger pressure marks. "This pottery is made using pinching, still with the fingers and not yet using the rotary wheel," he said.

Even so, Ali Akbar did not want to be careless to mention the function of pottery, and its relation to the context of findings on terrace 4. "Its function is still being investigated," he said.

As for the age of the building, Ali Akbar claimed that he had not agreed with the results of the calendar carbon dating conducted by the Ancient Ancient Catastrophic Research Team, which mentions the Gunung Padang site from 10,000 BC. "Archeologist's guess is still from 2,500 BC," he said. To support this, the archeology team will conduct research carbon dating separately.


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