Meeting of the Minds
We were able to interview the chief archaeologist on the Presidential Task Force, Dr. Ali Akbar at University of Indonesia and get an update on the discoveries at Gunung Padang and its megalithic structure.
Arrival in Jakarta
After an exhausting day flying from Miri via KL to Jakarta, we had to endure two delayed flights, a long walk in the new KLIA2 terminal to get to our Jakarta flight and arriving to late to meet with Graham Hancock and Danny Hillman before they boarded their flight to Palu. Bob Effendi met us at the airport and in the 2 hour drive to our hotel we were able to bond with Bob our new and very capable ally here in Jakarta. With Bob on our side we are hoping to advance our agenda here in Indonesia.
The meeting that Bob set up with the Vice-minister of culture went better than we could have hoped. Everyone was on the same page and with the support from the Indonesian government we can expect to begin surveys of the Java Sea some time in the near future. A symposium on how to proceed is being set up for next month with all the relevant players to discuss what needs to be done and who is responsible for what. Now all that remains is for us to bring the Australian government to the party in the spirit of international cooperation.
Fishing tournament at the marina
Last weekend there was a three day deep-sea fishing tournament here at Miri Marina. Below are some photos of the catch they brought in.
Captain Hans Berekoven and I, Clifford Terry, will be making a trip to Indonesia to connect with a few colleagues over there. Bob Effendi, the director of Greentech Indonesia, is organizing our itinerary and setting up the interviews we will be conducting. Some of the people we hope to be connecting with are Ali Akbar, the lead archaeologist on the Gunung Padang excavation and some the Indonesia Marine Geological Research Institute team. We are also hoping to connect with Dr. Danny Hillman Natawidjaja, the lead geologist working on Gunung Padang.
Roze Berekoven, UPA and researcher for MME,
Related Blog Sites
Roze's MME Blog
Cliff's Naga Diaries