|Kediri archeological discovery offers clues on ancient kingdom|
|Saturday, 24 March 2007|
Recent archeological discoveries at a Tondowongso excavation site in the East Java town of Kediri have opened the possibility that the once-glorious Kadiri Kingdom was located in a nearby region.
The head of the East Java Agency for Technical, Preservation and Salvation of Cultural and Archeological Remnants (BP3), Prapto Saptono, told The Jakarta Post the area should be made off-limits to the public to prevent any damage to the historical remnants due to illegal excavation activities by local residents.
"I believe there is a link between these artifacts and artifacts found earlier, further clarifying the exact location of the Kadiri Kingdom, whose existence is still a mystery," said Prapto.
Based on BP3 data, as of this year 392 historical relics have been found in 12 districts in Kediri. Fourteen of these are statues representing the images of the gods Syiwa Maha Bumi, Durga Mahesa Sura Madini, Chandra and Surya, as well as the Andini, or Nandi, cow image and the Lingga-Yoni image.
Source: The Jakarta Post
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