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2005 articles from The Star on Johor Lost City

2005 articles from The Star on Johor Lost City

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A collection of articles, obtained from http://pachome2.pacific.net.sg/~schizoid/para/2005_star_johor_lost%20city.pdf that catalog the findings of the lost city of Gelanggi.
A collection of articles, obtained from http://pachome2.pacific.net.sg/~schizoid/para/2005_star_johor_lost%20city.pdf that catalog the findings of the lost city of Gelanggi.

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Lost city believed found in Johor http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2005/2/3/nation/100701...1 of 2 2/4/2005 9:19 PM
 
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Thursday February 3, 2005
Lost city believed found in Johor
BY TEOH TEIK HOONG and AUDREY EDWARDSPETALING JAYA
: A 1,000-year-old lost city, possibly older than Angkor Wat inCambodia and Borobudur in Indonesia, is believed to have been located in the densejungles of Johor.The discovery of what is thought to be the site of Kota Gelanggi or PerbendaharaanPermata (Treasury of Jewels) by an independent Malaysian researcher has promptedmuseum officials to plan an expedition to confirm the finding.If indeed the site is that of the lost city , it is set to transform the historical landscape of the region, said Raimy Che-Ross, who spent 12 years researching Malay manuscripts allover the world and conducting aerial searches of the area before locating the site.Aerial view of an unusually well-defined'block' (pic right), possibly the base of atemple complex or stupa, at the possible siteof the lost city of Kota Gelanggi.--Picturecourtesy of RAIMY CHE-ROSSHe said the discovery of “unusual formations” from the air had led him to believe that thesite could be the first capital of the Sri Vijaya Malay empire dating back to 650AD.“If the city is what we suspect it to be, then the Malacca Sultanate can no longer beconsidered as the start of modern Malay history.“Once verified, the honour will go to Johor, as one thousand years ago Malacca had noteven been established,” he said.Raimy had tried to enter the site in early 2003 but failed, managing to get only as far as tothe formations which are believed to be trenches and embankments of the outer city.Department of Museum and Antiquities director-general Datuk Adi Taha said anarchaeological expedition would be mounted this year to verify the location of the lostcity, with Raimy’s assistance.Funds for the expedition would be sought under the 9th Malaysia Plan.Adi said he and the department were very enthusiastic about Raimy’s research findingsand would work with him to verify the location of the lost city, which could be spread out
 
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over a few hundred square kilometres. 
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PRICELESSARTEFACT: Thisamulet from thi SriVijaya perioddepicting Buddhasurrounded by eightBodhisattvas wasfound in Gua Chawas. 
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Thursday February 3, 2005
Museum hopes Johor will assist in lost city quest
KUALA LUMPUR:
Museum officials are hoping that the Johor government will assistin efforts to verify the location of Kota Gelanggi.Department of Museums and Antiquities director-general Datuk Dr Adi Taha said Johorwould also be asked to preserve the area for research.He said the National Museum would work with RaimyChe-Ross, an independent Malaysian researcher, to mobilise anexpedition to verify the site of Kota Gelanggi.According to Raimy, he was told that the museum had earliersent teams to locate the site but had failed each time.The most recent attempt saw their boat capsizing thrice, leadingthe team to abandon the mission.Adi said his department would also work with the StateHeritage Foundation on this, as it would have knowledge of thearea, he said.He said the search for Kota Gelanggi had been an ongoingendeavour for many scholars and researchers since the days of the British Empire.“They never did find it as our history did not give any exactwhereabouts of the city.“Even Tun Seri Lanang (the Bendahara – equivalent to a modern day prime minister) didnot state the location in
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(Malay Annals),” he added.He said archaeologists hoped to find evidence of physical structures and also a fairlyadvanced irrigation system, which used to exist in the city.“A big city would have good infrastructure such as irrigation to sustain its inhabitants.“We also expect and hope to find Sri Vijaya artefacts from the site similar to those foundin Gua Chawas in Kelantan,” he added.Adi said the public should not attempt to enter the site to look for artefacts and treasure asit was an offence under the Antiquities Act 1976.“Anyone found doing so can be fined or jailed,” he said.On the expedition, Adi said that due to the inaccessibility of the site, the team would haveto plan very thoroughly before attempting to enter the dense jungles. 
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