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Top of Temple Spotted in Indonesian Soil

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

JAVA, INDONESIA—Archaeologists from the Yogyakarta Heritage Conservation Agency think that there could be a temple buried in a heavily developed area of Sleman, Yogyakarta. They have found 19 blocks, a rooftop ornament, and a makara, a mythological Hindu creature often portrayed on temple entrances. They have also found gold and silver objects, and cauldrons and other artifacts usually associated with temples. “Based on our findings, we are fairly sure a large temple lies deep under the ground as what we discovered is only part of the upper structure,” said conservation section head Wahyu Astuti.