JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Some archeological items have been discovered near the Batavia Castle in Kerapu village, North Jakarta.
A neighborhood unit head, Suwanto, who only goes by one name, said that some broken ancient ceramics and yellow stone were found by several archeologists of the University of Indonesia in March 2021.
Currently, the archeological items have been brought by the researchers for further study, said Suwanto, who is also assigned as a supervisor in the project.
“The castle has been around for a long time. But, last March, some broken ceramics and yellow stone were found,” Suwanto told Kompas.com on Saturday, May 29.
“This yellow stone is a legacy from the Dutch because in Indonesia we know only red bricks,” said Suwanto.
Meanwhile, he further added, the researchers found out that the ceramics were brought from five countries, including some countries in Europe.
The archaeological items were discovered in two out of the five exploration sites during 14 days.
“In the beginning, they dug the sites manually, and then they used heavy equipment which could only be utilized until a certain depth to avoid destruction. Then, they continued to dig it manually again,” he said.
Suwanto hoped that the excavations will be continued again to trace other buried relics. “Residents in this area hoped the project to be continued and if possible, the area can become one of the tourist attractions,” said Suwanto.
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