Join us on a journey into the Minangkabau highlands in West Sumatra.
Follow the work of an international team of archaeologists, learn about their findings and the history of the region.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

We are back!

After several days of tropical acclimatisation and tedious administrative adventures into the depths of the Indonesian bureaucratic world (oft causing headaches and racking nerves...) our team of researchers has arrived in the Tanah Datar region in the heart of highland Sumatra!

This season, our team comprising local and foreign archaeologists (and the children, who according to the visa also count as researchers this year!) will continue excavating the site of Bukit Gombak at the foot of the Gunung Merapi, an active volcano and spectacular landmark looming above the open valley. In cooperation with students from the Universitas Indonesia our group from the Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin will commence fieldwork in the coming days, as well as in other areas of research such as pottery or small find studies and an accurate topographic measurement of the site.

As last year, we will be living with our generous host family whose home will be ours, and where many hours of documentation and office work, but also the occasional 'Feierabend-Bintang' (local beer), await us. Now the necessary humdrum of preparation is well underway the team is hoping for a successful and rewarding season in 2012, and look forward to your company over the next 6 weeks!

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