Bali’s ‘largest’ ancient Hindu temple discovered

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Workers discover remains of ancient Hindu temple on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali
Published October 26, 2012
Associated Press

BALI, Indonesia – An archaeologist says a structure that is believed to be the remains of an ancient Hindu temple has been unearthed on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali.
Wayan Swantika of the local archaeology agency says workers digging a drainage basin last week in eastern Denpasar, Bali’s capital, at first discovered a large stone about 1 meter (3 feet) underground.

Excavation teams have since uncovered a 57-meter (62-yard) structure that is believed to be the temple’s foundation.

The find is still being analyzed, but given the shape and characteristics of the materials used, Swantika says he believes it was built sometime between the 13th and 15th centuries. He added that it is also thought to be the largest ancient temple ever discovered in Bali.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/10/26/workers-discover-remains-ancient-hindu-temple-on-indonesia-resort-island-bali/

Bali’s ‘largest’ ancient Hindu temple discovered
AFP | Thu, Oct 25 2012

DENPASAR, Indonesia – Construction workers in Bali have discovered what is thought to be the biggest ancient Hindu temple ever found on the Indonesian island, archaeologists said.

The workers were digging a drain in the island’s capital Denpasar at a Hindu study centre when they came across the remains of the stone temple.

They reported the discovery to the Bali archaeology office, which then unearthed substantial foundations of a structure that the excavation team believes dates from around the 13th to 15th centuries.

“We think this is the biggest ancient Hindu temple ever discovered in Bali,” Wayan Suantika, the head of the team, said late Wednesday.

He said the excavation was still in progress and the team did not yet know whether enough stones would be unearthed to allow them to reconstruct the temple.

The construction workers on Sunday found the first stone one metre (yard) underground, which was one metre long, 40 centimetres (16 inches) deep and 40 wide, said Ida Resi Bujangga Wisnawa Ganda Kusuma, owner of the Hindu centre.

The excavation team then found what they believe is the foundation of the structure’s 20-metre-long east wing, Suantika said.

The popular resort island is a pocket of Hindu culture in a country with the biggest Muslim population in the world.

http://www.relax.com.sg/relax/news/1386586/Bali_s_largest_ancient_Hindu_temple_discovered.html

BANGKOK, October 26, 2012
Bali’s biggest Hindu temple discovered

Archaeologists believe they have discovered the largest ancient Hindu temple ever found in the Indonesian island of Bali.
Archaeologists excavating the remains of an ancient Hindu temle in Denspasar on Indonesia’s Bali island Photo: AFP

Construction workers were digging a new drainage basin near a Hindu learning centre on Jalan Trengguli, in East Denpasar, when their tools struck a large stone structure one metre underground, the Jakarta Globe reported.

The crew then excavated a large stone plate, the first of many discovered at the site.

“I immediately reported the finding to the [local] archaeology office,” said Ida Resi Bujangga, the owner of the centre, on Wednesday.

The Denpasar Archeology Agency took over the excavation and uncovered an 11-metre-long structure.

“We will continue the excavation until [the whole structure is revealed],” said Wayan Suantika, an official with the agency.

Suantika told reporters that judging by the square structure’s similarity to ancient temples found in East Java, it likely dates back to the 14th Century, the paper said.

“The strengthening layers inbetween the stone plates were another characteristic usually found in 13th or 14th Century [structures],” he said. PTI

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/balis-biggest-hindu-temple-discovered/article4032690.ece

Largest ancient Hindu temple discovered in Indonesia
Construction workers in Bali have discovered what is thought to be the biggest ancient Hindu temple ever found on the Indonesian island, archaeologists said.

6:39AM BST 25 Oct 2012

The workers were digging a drain in the island’s capital Denpasar at a Hindu study centre when they came across the remains of the stone temple.

They reported the discovery to the Bali archaeology office, which then unearthed substantial foundations of a structure that the excavation team believes dates from around the 13th to 15th centuries.

“We think this is the biggest ancient Hindu temple ever discovered in Bali,” Wayan Suantika, the head of the team, said late Wednesday.

He said the excavation was still in progress and the team did not yet know whether enough stones would be unearthed to allow them to reconstruct the temple.

The construction workers on Sunday found the first stone one metre underground, which was one metre long, 40 centimetres deep and 40 wide, said Ida Resi Bujangga Wisnawa Ganda Kusuma, owner of the Hindu centre.

The excavation team then found what they believe is the foundation of the structure’s 20-metre-long east wing, Suantika said.

The popular resort island is a pocket of Hindu culture in a country with the biggest Muslim population in the world.

Source: agencies
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/indonesia/9632337/Largest-ancient-Hindu-temple-discovered-in-Indonesia.html

Ancient Hindu temple discovered in Bali
AFP | 8 hours ago

DENPASAR: Construction workers in Bali have discovered what is thought to be the biggest ancient Hindu temple ever found on the Indonesian island, archaeologists said.

The workers were digging a drain in the island’s capital Denpasar at a Hindu study centre when they came across the remains of the stone temple.

They reported the discovery to the Bali archaeology office, which then unearthed substantial foundations of a structure that the excavation team believes dates from around the 13th to 15th centuries.

“We think this is the biggest ancient Hindu temple ever discovered in Bali,” Wayan Suantika, the head of the team, said late Wednesday.

He said the excavation was still in progress and the team did not yet know whether enough stones would be unearthed to allow them to reconstruct the temple.

The construction workers on Sunday found the first stone one metre (yard) underground, which was one metre long, 40 centimetres (16 inches) deep and 40 wide, said Ida Resi Bujangga Wisnawa Ganda Kusuma, owner of the Hindu centre.

The excavation team then found what they believe is the foundation of the structure’s 20-metre-long east wing, Suantika said.

The popular resort island is a pocket of Hindu culture in a country with the biggest Muslim population in the world.

http://dawn.com/2012/10/26/ancient-hindu-temple-discovered-in-bali/

Bali’s largest Hindu temple from 14th Century discovered
PTI Oct 25, 2012, 05.26PM IST

BANGKOK: Archaeologists believe they have discovered the largest ancient Hindu temple ever found in the Indonesian island of Bali.

Construction workers were digging a new drainage basin near a Hindu learning center on Jalan Trengguli, in East Denpasar, when their tools struck a large stone structure one metre underground, the Jakarta Globe reported.

The crew then excavated a large stone plate, the first of many discovered at the site.

“I immediately reported the finding to the [local] archaeology office,” said Ida Resi Bujangga, the owner of the center, yesterday.

The Denpasar Archeology Agency took over the excavation and uncovered an 11-metre-long structure.

“We will continue the excavation until [the whole structure is revealed],” said Wayan Suantika, an official with the agency.

Suantika told reporters that judging by the square structure’s similarity to ancient temples found in East Java, it likely dates back to the 14th Century, the paper said.

“The strengthener layers in between the stone plates were another characteristic usually found in 13th or 14th Century [structures],” he said.

Local residents also found ceramic wares and stone plates at the site, Suantika said.

“This discovery is the largest stone temple found in Bali,” he added.

The Wasa Temple, which was uncovered in Gianyar in 1986, is 11 metres long and 10 metres wide.

Bali archaeologists later found buried 16 sarcophaguses in 2010 in Gianyar.

The island is home to most of the Hindus in Indonesia, a country with the world’s biggest Muslim population.

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2012-10-25/news/34730043_1_hindu-temple-gianyar-bali

This general view shows the reconstructed Wasan temple (L) in the village of Sukawati in Bali on October 25, 2012, which is currently the biggest ancient Hindu temple ever unearthed on Bali, reconstructed after its discovery in 1986. Construction workers in Bali have discovered what is thought to be a bigger ancient Hindu temple, the biggest ever found on the Indonesian island in Denpasar, archaeologists said on October 25.

BALI, Indonesia — An archaeologist says a structure that is believed to be the remains of an ancient Hindu temple has been unearthed on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali.

Wayan Swantika of the local archaeology agency says workers digging a drainage basin last week in eastern Denpasar, Bali’s capital, at first discovered a large stone about 1 meter (3 feet) underground.

Excavation teams have since uncovered a 57-meter (62-yard) structure that is believed to be the temple’s foundation.

The find is still being analyzed, but given the shape and characteristics of the materials used, Swantika says he believes it was built sometime between the 13th and 15th centuries. He added that it is also thought to be the largest ancient temple ever discovered in Bali.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/26/ancient-hindu-temple-bali-discovery_n_2022405.html

Indonesia’s largest Hindu temple discovered

Archeologists believe that they’ve discovered the biggest and most archaic Hindu temple ever found in Indonesia.

According to the reports, the construction workers were burrowing a new drainage basin near a Hindu learning center in Denpasar when they stumbled upon the ruins of the temple.

The new discovery was reported to the Bali archaeology office, which then disinterred sizeable foundations of a structure. The newly discovered stone temple is believed to be 500-700 years old.

“We think this is the biggest ancient Hindu temple ever discovered in Bali,” the head of excavation team, Wayan Suantika said.

Wayan told the source judging by that similarity of the temple with other similar structures, it likely dates back to the fourteenth century.

“The strengthener layers in between the stone plates were another characteristic usually found in 13th or 14th Century” he said.

Suantika further told that quarry was still underway and the team didn’t know so far whether enough remains of the temple would be exhumed to let them re-erect the structure.

Speaking about the discovery, owner of the Hindu study center Ida Resi Bujangga Wisnawa Ganda Kusuma told; the workers found the first stone one meter (yard) underground on Sunday. The yard was one meter long, 40 centimeter deep and 40 meters wide.

The archeological investigation crew then found 20-metre-long east wing of the structure which is believed to be its foundation.

http://paknews.pk/4273/indonesias-largest-hindu-temple-discovered.html

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