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Ancient temple found on Indonesian Islamic University grounds

The remains of an ancient temple dating between the eigth and tenth centuries has been uncovered on the ground of the Indonesian Islamic University.

Construction workers using a backhoe had come across a stone structure that appeared to be part of an ancient temple, at a depth of about 3 meters, while digging foundations for a new library building at the university on in Sleman regency on Friday.

Subsequent digging around the structure showed a wall-like structure around 50 centimeters in width, with a specific architectural style and relief ornaments on its sides resembling those found at other significant historic Hindu and Buddhist temples.

Indung said, based on his experience and observations of the unearthed parts of the structure, which is about 2.7 meters long and around 40 centimeters deep, the structure is unique because it appears to be comparatively intact, has extremely fine ornaments and is made from a high quality, non-porous andesit stone.

“Only a temple of high importance for its time used this kind of material. This is why the reliefs have remained intact despite their age,” said Indung, pointing at pictures of the structure.

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