Borobudur monument (Java, Indonesia) stood by a natural lake: chronostratigraphic evidence and historical implications

  title={Borobudur monument (Java, Indonesia) stood by a natural lake: chronostratigraphic evidence and historical implications},
  author={Helmy Murwanto and Yanni Gunnell and Suharsono Suharsono and Sutikno Sutikno and Franck Lavigne},
  journal={The Holocene},
  pages={459 - 463}
The ninth-century world-heritage Buddhist monument of Borobudur (Java, Indonesia) stands above the floor of a dried-out palaeolake, but it remains uncertain as to whether it was ever constructed on a lake shore. Here we reveal through new chronological and palaeoenvironmental data on the extant sediment record of the area that Borobudur intentionally stood by an existing lake. For the first time, evidence of this conjunction validates quite literally the debated cosmological interpretation of… Expand

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