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13th-Century Relics from Malaysia's Majapahit Kingdom Found Beneath Malacca River

on 2016/11/9 11:48:05 ( 1593 reads )


MALACCA, MALAYSIA, November 6, 2016 (The Straits Times): Relics possibly dating back to the 13th-century Majapahit empire are believed to have been found along a 1.25 mile stretch beneath the Malacca river. Two weeks ago, a group of professional divers apparently discovered parts of a Hindu temple and a fort-like structure. They believed that these ancient finds could point to a submerged city that existed even before Parameswara founded Malacca in 1400.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron, when contacted, acknowledged that he had received a report about the sighting of the relics. "But we have yet to get an in-depth report. "The finding is still vague until archaeologists from the Heritage Department make their conclusions," he said.

The Majapahit empire was centralized in east Java and was a vast archipelagic kingdom during its peak between 1293 and 1527. Malacca was once an important town for Majapahit's palace officials and soldiers who made the town their maritime headquarters.

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