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Digging Up Baliís Ancient Past

Farmer Discovers 2,300-year-old Burial Sarcophagus Near Pupuan, Bali

(11/3/2013) The Jakarta Globe and DenPost report that a farmer planting coffee trees near Pupuan Village in Tabanan, West Baliuncovered a stone sarcophagus on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, estimated to be 2,300 year old by government archaeology officials.

The head of the Denpasar Archaeology Agency, Wayan Suantika, confirmed that the stone coffin was approximately two meters long with a width of two meters.

The coffee farmer who found the important artifact was I Nyoman Santika.

Experts are postulating that the stone coffin would have been used for the burial of an important public figure.

The discovery confirms scientific theory that Bali was settled some 4,000 years ago as part of the Austronesian migration process.