№ 014/2016 from Jan 18, 2016
On January 20 a lecture at Freie Universität Berlin will describe the exploration and significance of the huge megalithic site Gunung Padang in West-Java, Indonesia. The lecture will be held by Dr. Ali Akbar of the University of Indonesia in Depok, one of the archaeologists involved in the investigation of Gunung Padang. The megalithic site is considered the largest of its kind in Indonesia. The lecture will be held in English. It is open to the public, and admission is free.
"Gunung Padang is undoubtedly one of the most important discoveries in Southeast Asian archaeology, if not the entire world," says Professor Dr. Dominik Bonatz of the Institute for Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology, Freie Universität. "However, internationally very little is known about the exploration of Gunung Padan."
The monuments of Gunung Padang – terraces and blocks – are near the village of Karyamukti, about 120 kilometers south of the Indonesian capital Jakarta. In recent years the huge megalithic site has been in the headlines in Indonesia due to the allegation that the oldest pyramid in the world is located there. In his lecture, Ali Akbar will address the significance of Gunung Padang.
Prof. Dr. Dominik Bonatz, Institute for Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-55033, Email: email@example.com