TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Head of Nusa Cendana University's Research Center for Environment, Natural Resources, and Agroecology in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, Dr. Herry Zadrak Kotta believes Timor Island's unique geology makes it a suitable research laboratory for archaeologists.
"Many unique aspects in the geological field have yet to be revealed in this area, so in-depth research should be conducted by archaeologists in Indonesia," Kotta told Antara here on Saturday.
Kotta remarked that Timor Island was home to primeval natural stones and young rocks found nowhere else, but both were in direct contact.
Moreover, the island has colorful beaches and a vast stretch of multi-colored rocks on Timor Island that withhold several secrets to such natural mysteries.
"People just enjoy the natural beauty, but why does it not happen? This can only be done through research conducted by archaeologists," Kotta remarked.
Hence, he deems Timor Island as worthy of being a geological laboratory for archaeologists to conduct research in unraveling the mysteries of nature.
"If people are keen to learn about structure, geological research can be conducted in East Nusa Tenggara that has vast geological diversity. Many sites in the province are also interesting to study," Kotta pointed out.
Kotta, concurrently chairperson of the Regional Executive Office of the Association of East Nusa Tenggara Geologists, remarked that geologists are bound to make myriad geological discoveries while conducting research on the island.
Hence, Kotta has invited archaeologists in Indonesia to come to Timor Island to conduct research on the unique geology of East Nusa Tenggara.