Papua's Sentani Flood Drowns Megalithic Site

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  • Indonesian SAR team lifted the body bags of victims of the Sentani flash floods found around Gajah Mada housing complex in Sentani, Jayapura, Papua, Tuesday, March 19, 2019. The death toll from a flash flood in Jayapura district in the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua rose to 104 as of Tuesday night, a spokesman said. ANTARA/Zabur Karuru

    Indonesian SAR team lifted the body bags of victims of the Sentani flash floods found around Gajah Mada housing complex in Sentani, Jayapura, Papua, Tuesday, March 19, 2019. The death toll from a flash flood in Jayapura district in the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua rose to 104 as of Tuesday night, a spokesman said. ANTARA/Zabur Karuru

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The flood in Papua's Jayapura Regency had caused the Sentani Lake to spill. Not only did the overflow inundate local residences, the lake's water also drowned megalithic relicts at the Tanjung Warakho Site in Waibu District.

    Hari Suroto, a researcher from the Papua Archeology Center, told ANTARA on Thursday, March 21, that the floods had drowned the Marweri rocks in Kwadeware village.

    "These archeological relics need to be cleaned from the mud and soil that covers them," he said.

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    According to Hari, the pool of water that inundates the archaeological site might damage the artifact. For now, he said, it is impossible to restore these relicts as they are still submerged. Officers would have to wait until the flood receded.

    Hari is most concerned of possibilities that the megalithic relicts have shifted positions or even been carried away by lake currents.

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    "Right now there is not much that can be done to check the conditions of these megalithic relicts, nor to save them," he said. 

    ANTARA