The Papua Archaeological Centre Successfully Finds Out the Prehistoric Residential Sites

goodmorningpapua.com – This pottery shard is very unique, different from the pottery produced by traditional pottery craftsmen of Abar. There are two types of pottery shards found at the site, namely thick-walled and thin-walled.

Thick-walled pottery is a jar that in the past was used to store sago flour and water. Meanwhile, thin-walled pottery, which is a pot, is used to make papeda or to boil food.

The pottery at this site, the edges serve as a handle when lifting the pottery from the furnace. In addition, the pottery shards at the Lama Abar village site also have a holed decorative pattern made by stabbing.

Apart from being aesthetic, this hole also serves to tie the rope when the pottery is lifted or to tie the pottery on the fireplace.

The head of the pottery craftsman group in Kampung Abar, Naftali Felle, said the types of pottery found at the site were no longer produced in Abar. This motif is no longer found in the traditional pottery of Abar because of it is extinct. The modern pottery decorative motifs of Abar are simpler.

The extinct pottery motifs can be revived, namely by applying them to Abar’s contemporary pottery or applied to other creative products, for example for the typical batik motif of Sentani.

Elvis Kabey, Head of Culture, Culture and Tourism Office of Jayapura Regency, said the old village site of Abar could be developed to support Kampung Abar as a destination in the central part of Lake Sentani area.

Archaeological research in the Ebungfauw District involved an anthropology lecturer at Cenderawasih University, the Jayapura Regency Research and Development Agency (Balitbangda), and the Jayapura Regency Culture and Tourism Office.

Based on data from the COVID-19 Task Force, Ebungfauw District is a green zone in Jayapura Regency. In conducting field activities, the research team followed standard health protocols. Before going to the field, each team member carried out a rapid antigen.

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