A Prehistoric Ancestral Worship Found in Abar Sentani Village

goodmorningpapua.com – A researcher from the Papua Archeology Center, Hari Suroto, said that research in Kampung Abar, Ebungfauw District, Jayapura Regency succeeded in finding the Khulutiyauw megalithic site located in the hills west of Kampung Abar.

The Khulutiyauw site, very instagramable, is in the savanna hills with the bacground of Lake Sentani. In prehistoric times, the top of a hill or a high place was considered a sacred place, and believed to be the abode of ancestral spirits.

Here are the facts of the findings of the Khulutiyauw megalithic site in the hills of Abar Sentani Village:

  1. It is a site in the hills of Kampung Abar. To get to this site, you have to walk for about 30 minutes along the village road, then continue by passing a path at the foot of the hill which is entirely overgrown with weeds.
  2. The megalithic relicts found at the Khulutiyauw Site in the form of stone boards and menhirs. The both megalithic objects in the past was functioned as a medium of worship of ancestral spirits.
  3. Stone planks and menhirs are at the highest location on the Khulutiyauw Site with a menhir height of 57 cm and a width of 28 cm.
  4. The stone board which is thought to be a medium for ancestor worship is 180 cm long, 134 cm wide and 34 cm thick is located at an altitude of 90 meters above sea level.
  5. Many pottery shards were found around the Khulutiyauw Site.
  6. The Khulutiyauw site is very instagramable, located in the savanna hills with the background of Lake Sentani.
  7. In prehistoric times, the top of a hill or a high place was considered a sacred place, and believed to be the abode of ancestral spirits and associated with religion.

Hari Suroto said that based on the findings of this pottery shard, the research was continued with excavations or digging at the top of Khulutiyauw Hill to determine the potential for archaeological remains in the soil and to determine the chronology of the site.

As a result, the pottery shards were only found on the soil surface and in the top soil layer. The excavation found no traces of prehistoric dwellings, so it is estimated that Khulutiyauw Hill in the past was related to religion.

Hari added that the Khulutiyauw Site can be used as a tourist destination to support the Papeda Eating Festival in Pottery always held every September 30 in Abar Village. 

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