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July 29 2013

Digging for the truth at controversial megalithic site


It's been raining at Gunung Padang, and the grass on the mountain's precipitous eastern slope is slick with water and mud. But geologist Danny Hilman, is undeterred. While others slip and fall around him, he trudges expertly down this hill tucked away among the volcanoes 120 kilometres south of Jakarta to show off two big holes he's dug.

Hilman says it could predate the next oldest by a dozen millenniums or more, suggesting an advanced ancient civilisation in Java. ''It's older than 9000 [years] and could be up to 20,000,'' Hilman says, as he sits on a fallen column of stone. ''It's crazy, but it's data.''

See also: Photos: Ancient pyramids in Indonesia and video.

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