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Sangiran to be Asia’s Biggest Center for the Study of Prehistoric Humans

TEMPO Interactive, SEMARANG:Harry Widianto, director of the Sangiran Conservation Center for the Study of Prehistoric Humans, said Sangiran will be the biggest center of its kind in Asia.

At present, the Center continues to develop the Sangiran Museum, located in Sragen. The museum is improving its exhibit areas, its laboratory, rooms for audio visual activity, creation of animation media, seminars and a home stay for researchers. It is also building an observation post, a souvenir center, and offices for conservation projects.

“The construction will be completed by October 2011 and it will be officially inaugurated by the President,” Harry said yesterday.

In future, visitors will get information on the process of human evolution and civilization, from prehistoric man to modern man, through the audio and animation. There will also be an observation post, from which visitors can view the Sangiran Site, measuring 56 square kilometer and covering 22 villages in Sragen and Karanganyar regencies.

According to Harry, the development of Sangiran is still concentrated around Krikilan, where the museum will be constructed. A similar facility will also be built in Ngebung, Bukuran and Dayu. “A detailed plan for the construction of these three clusters is completed,” said Harry, Indonesia’s only expert in the subject of prehistoric man.

Sangiran is the proper place to develop the biggest prehistoric man and human evolution study center in Asia because, according to Harry, prehistoric fossils dating back 2,4 million years were found on this site, along with the fossils of various animals and production tools from different eras. In other Asian sites and in China, for instance, the fossils were not as old as 2 million years, Harry said.

Suhardi, the Central Java Culture and Tourism Office chief in charge of History and Antiquities, confirmed that Sangiran will be developed as a historical and archeological tourism site. “That is included in Central Java’s medium term development plan,” he said.

In addition, the potential for tourism in Sangiran is very big. “We will try to increase tourist visits to Sangiran, not only for students and researchers, but also for the general public,” Suhardi said.

The government hopes that by making Sangiran a study center, thefts of fossils will be reduced.

Last Thursday, the Sragen Police managed to foil an attempt to smuggle over 1.000 fossils from the Mid-Pleistocene period, around 700.000 years ago. The police have named a local antique object seller, Wasimin, and a US-national fossil buyer, Dennis Bradley, as suspects.

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