A team of archaeologists from the Australian National University announced that they managed to find an ancient child's grave site in Makpan Cave, Alor Island, NTT, Indonesia.

A team of archaeologists from the Australian National University announced that they managed to find the burial site of an ancient child in Makpan Cave, Alor Island, NTT, Indonesia. Based on the results of carbon testing, it is known that this burial site is 8,000 years old. This discovery is very valuable because it provides insight into burial practices in prehistoric times.

This ancient burial site on Alor Island, Indonesia is the only one found dating from the early mid-Holocene period. Information from the leader of this research, Dr. Sofia Samper Carro, stated that the children buried were aged four to eight years. It is suspected that the child's body was buried through a traditional ceremonial procession in effect at that time.

(Dr Shimon Kealy, ANU)

This opinion was strengthened by the discovery of a stone that had been colored under the head of the body. During this funeral procession, the long bones on the arms and legs of the child were separated because they were not found, and part of the face was colored with red pigment. This kind of funeral procession was a common practice in the ancient world.

However, the reason why the long bones in the arms and legs had to be removed remains a mystery. However, this seems closely related to the belief system at that time. During the same period, funeral practices like this can also be found in several other areas in Indonesia, starting from Central Java, Kalimantan and Flores in NTT.

Not the first time in NTT

The discovery of ancient burial sites in NTT, Indonesia is not new. In 2001, a joint archaeological team from Australia and Indonesia also managed to find a new type of short-bodied early human fossil in Liang Bua Cave, Flores. Named Homo floresiensis, the existence of this ancient human is evidence that Ebu Gogo, a mythological creature in NTT, once existed.

Homo floresiensis different from early humans who were found because of short stature with a slightly elongated and low skull bone. Its brain volume is only 38 cc, much smaller than Homo erectus (1,000 cc) and Homo sapiens (1,400 cc). These creatures lived 94,000-13,000 years ago and had a period with modern humans today.

Source – 2020-11-12 06:02:16


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