On September 2014, Mount Padang (Gunung Padang), research team stated that they had just discovered the walls structure underneath the surface of the terrace 5, the highest area of the site. Mount Padang is located in the middle of several big mountains. On the west side there is Mount Karuhun, east side is Mount Pasir Malang, and on the south side is Mount Malati, Mount Pasir Empet and Mount Batu, Cianjur, West Java. According to Erik Rizki, the research team secretary, the wall structure leading to a hole with 3.3 meters depth. He said that the wall man-made structure and composed of andesite rocks which glued together by some sort of ancient cement. Site of Mount Padang discovered in 1949 by the local villagers. But, the government officially maintained it since 1979. Recent excavation took place on 14 September 2014.
Mount Padang consists of a series of rectangular stone enclosures with inner partitions, walkways and gate entrances, as well as various rock mounds, all of them in a ruinous state and scattered all over the place. They are constructed of andesite rocks, with pillars or columnar blocks which resemble dolmen (similar those used in the construction of the ancient city of Nan Madol). The size of the blocks varies between 25 centimetres and 40 centimetres in width and height, and on average around 1.5 metres in length, with a weight of approximately 250 kilograms. Some of blocks, which have either a roughly square or polygonal profile, are actually much larger in size, with weights exceeding 600 kilograms. Who the builder and for what purposes this site are still unknown.
|Terrace Structure of Mount Padang|
The various structures occupy five separate terraces, or courtyards, each linked by ascending staircases marked with standing pillars. These terraces rise in steps to a height of around 960 metres above sea-level, and cover an area of approximately 900 square metres. These courtyards are accessed from the north-northwest via an ascending staircase of 370 steps, which rises at an almost 45º angle. This starts in the valley below, and from its base to the highest terrace it is about 90 metres. Each terrace is positioned one in front of the other on a north-northwest-facing hill formation that is volcanic in nature. Indeed, many geologists believe this is the source of the andesite pillars used to create the stone settings, a fact disputed in the light of recent discoveries. Various artifacts were also found in that structure.
|The mysterious rocks on Mount Padang site|
Core drilling samples and other exploratory excavations have uncovered evidence that Mount Padang is a multi-leveled structure, one phase being built on top of the next, with evidence of activity on the hill at 22,000-20,000 BC, 14,700 BC, 9,600 BC, 4700 BC and 2800 BC, the final date being the age of the megalithic structures visible today. Indeed, Danny Hilman and his team now believe that the entire hill is an artificial pyramid of incredible antiquity. If correct, this would make it the oldest built structure anywhere in the world. The ranges of dates cited above derive from carbon-14 testing of organic materials taken from core drilling samples extracted from a series of different depths.
On saturday (14/09), the excavation team found an artifact resemble a 'kujang' (cleaver). The tapered section has a length of 22 cm and a width of 7 cm. According to Erik, based on the size and dimension of the cleaver, it indicates that the ancestors who live in Mount Padang are familiar with geometry. It also has another uniqueness. According to Erik, it's got a cleaver magnetic anomalies.
|Kujang Mount Padang|
"It has three sides. Three sides were only able to respond to the same magnetic poles," Erik said when contacted Kompas.com, Wednesday (17/09).
According to Asep, the keeper of Mount padang site, although believed to be the relics of 5,000 years old civilization, the site was used by the old kingdoms in West Java. Among them, the Kingdom of Pajajaran and the Kingdom of Siliwangi. That is proved by the discovery of ancient coins from China that has been found in front of the pool inside Mount Padang site. Apparently the coins came from the Kingdom of Siliwangi era. However, coin-shaped artifacts which were found on Monday, September 15, 2014, it is believed to be not as a means of transaction, but rather resembles as an Amulet. Beside the discovery of the coin, they also found the shards of pottery from the Ming Dynasty (1386-1644) and Song Dynasty (960-1272).
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