Archaeologists Discover Ancient Settlement in Papua

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Archaeologists in Napan District, Nabire Regency, Papua Province, have discovered a Mosandurei site which is an ancient settlement.

    “The ancient village Mosandurei was discovered during the process of an archaeological research, said researcher staff of Jayapura Archaeological Station, Hari Suroto, in Jayapura, Papua, on Saturday, March 28, as quoted by Antara News.

    According to Suroto, stone tools beads, Chinese ceramic from Ming and Ching Dynasty (XVI-XVII, XVII-XVIII centuries), European ceramic wares, bottles, and earthenware.

    “Manufacturer stamps are found on the European ceramics, namely Fregout & Co Saastrusht Dragon Made in Holland and Petrus Regout & Co Maastricht made in Holland,” Suroto added.

    In addition, Suroto said, large amount of food remains in the form of sea shell and animal’s bones were also found on the site.

    “The Mosandurei site was a settlement because the location was close to freshwater source,” Suroto explained, adding that it was also close to sago forest and coast.

    "It’s position on the hill also protect it from pirate attacks that operated in Cendrawasih Gulf during 16th to 18th centuries.”