This will be a short blog entry. I wanted to get this posted, because it concerns recent discoveries and the investigations are new and on-going, with more exciting discoveries coming to light all the time.
When I think of Indonesia, we're talking about an island nation combining Polynesian, Asian and Indian influences in a unique way. Their culture, their land and their history are unlike any other.
|Hilltop of Gunung Padang|
It is, therefore, interesting to find that they have megalithic ruins that have only recently been explored and researched. In that, they are like the rest of the major land masses in the world.
|Slope of Gunung Padang|
The site of Gunung Padang is located on the island of Java. It is located near Karyamukti village, Cianjur regency, West Java Province of Indonesia, about 35 miles southwest of the city of Cianjur. At about 2,900 feet above sea level, the site covers a hill, called Punden Berundak. A series of terraces bordered by retaining walls of stone are accessed by about 400 successive andesite steps rising about 311 feet. It is also covered with massive rectangular stones of volcanic origin.
|View from the top of the hill of Gunung Padang|
The local peoples have known about this site as long as they have been there and have considered it a holy site where many people go for prayer and meditation.
|One of the terraces of Gunung Padang|
To the casual visitor, it seems to be a steeply inclined hill, like others on the island. As you get closer to the top, you come across more and more beams of andesite. Andesite is a type of granite, very dense and hard. Scattered logs of stone look as though they were strewn from the top of the hill like jackstraws.
|Artist conception of the entire Gunung Padang site|
While there has been some minimal surveying and research of the area since 1979, a more intensive survey conducted in 2012 showed the following:
- The site was dated 4,500 years B.C. by carbon dating at about 13 feet below the surface and 12,500 years at 40 feet below the surface). Artifacts at the surface dated to about 2,800 years B.C. (Please keep in mind the problems that this author has with current radiometric dating methods.)
- Based on geoelectric, geo-radar, and geomagnetic testing, at least up to 50 feet from the surface there is construction with large chambers.
- Unlike the south side with its 5 stone terraces, the east side has 100 stone terraces with width and height of 6.5 x 6.5 feet. The west side also has stone terraces but is still covered by soil and bush, and the north side has, in addition to a 5-foot-wide stair, terraces also.
- The site area is approximately 25 hectares (2,500 acres).
- Construction of the terrace walls is similar to that of Machu Picchu in Peru.
|Another, closer artist's conception of the site|
In 2014, the Education and Culture Ministry cited these facts and recommendations:
- There is a large structure below the surface.
- A core zone site area has been confirmed.
- Many man-made artifacts have been discovered.
- The construction of the site spans four eras.
- A recommendation has been made to extend the survey, renovation concept, conservation and management of the site.
With these facts, we have the same questions as we did in the case of Teotihuacan and Puma Punku. What process, other than a massive flood, could account for a structure set on such a high prominence (remember, it’s 311 feet above the surrounding landscape) that is completely buried in soil to a depth of 40 feet? In addition, no process of erosion or other process other than a massive flood, could account for the random scattering of the massive andesite beams.
I look forward to seeing what is discovered as this undisturbed and highly visible megalithic site is researched and its secrets unveiled. At least, before the uniformitarians start burying the inconvenient truths that will inevitably be unearthed.
The truth is there. You just have to see it.
This blog has been written with the sole purpose of using the ample evidence available to verify and support the biblical record, while refuting the copious propaganda that is shoved down our throats daily by materialistic uniformitarians.
It is my contention that the Bible describes God's original creation of people with extraordinary capabilities who subsequently created an advanced civilization that exceeds our own. It was destroyed in the Great Flood and we have spent the last 4,500 years trying to preserve or re-build that civilization. I contend that science supports all this in multiple disciplines, but this information is ignored, discredited or suppressed by people who have an opposing agenda.
Nothing that you see on this blog is original. Any fact that you see here is obtainable on a dozen different websites and books. I use these facts and photos, without violating their copyrights, under the legal principle of fair use practice. That is, I use them one time, for educational purposes only.
The point is, nothing here is made up. The only thing that I do (or need to do) is assemble this information in its readily discernible pattern.
You might want to read through the first entry posted on this blog (Past Remembering: Thoughts toward a coherent view of our ancient past, our present and our future) in order to understand my theoretical and theological underpinnings more clearly.
Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 (NASB)
That which has been is that which will be,
And that which has been done is that which will be done.
So there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which one might say,
“See this, it is new”?
Already it has existed for ages
Which were before us.