Sleman, Yogyakarta. An excavation team from Yogyakarta’s Heritage Conservation Agency believes a large temple lies buried in Sleman, Yogyakarta, after they discovered artifacts that indicate a site of religious significance.
Archeologists from the agency, known as BPCB, found 19 blocks of temple stones, an antefix, a rooftop ornament, a makara (a sea creature in Hindu mythology often portrayed on temple entrances), cauldrons and other relics traditionally associated with temples.
Experts have been intrigued by gold and silver pieces found with the cauldron. The pieces have tiny characters written on them that are still being analyzed.
“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,” Wahyu Astuti, conservation section head of Yogyakarta’s BPCB, said on Friday.
Wahyu added that the team will dig deeper in the hope of finding the foundations and uncovering more relics.
However, the BPCB team is finding it difficult to extend the excavation zone as its surrounding area is dominated by privately owned buildings.
The Yogyakarta area as well as Central Java in general is home to a large number of historic temples, boasting Hindu and Buddhist influences dating back more than 1200 years, including the ancient temples of Borobodor (Buddhist), Prambanan (Hindu) and Mendut (Buddhist).