Before we get into this, lets put it into perspective, the civilization of ancient Egypt established itself around 5000 years ago. Times that by four and you have Gunung Padang; the megalithic site situated in Karyamukti village of the Cianjur regency- 50 km south-west from Lampegan station.
Located at 885 meters above sea level, it consists of a site that covers a hill in a series of terraces bordered by walls and stone and considered by locals as a sacred location. According to geologist Dr Danny Hillman, buried beneath the megalithic jumble is actually an ancient pyramid. Hillman claims the structure is “older than 9000 years and could be up to 20,000 years old”.
An article by the Sydney Morning Herald on the controversial megalithic site says:
Gunung Padang has been known (though not widely) as the largest of a number of ancient megalithic sites in Indonesia.
Here our prehistoric forebears, moved by the area’s strikingly shaped columns of volcanic rock, built terraces into the mountaintop and arranged and stacked the stones for whatever indiscernible purpose motivated them.
Hilman thinks there is much more to it under the surface. If he’s right – and Indonesia’s President is enthusiastically encouraging his investigations – then buried beneath the piles of ancient stone is by far the oldest pyramid on the planet.
If he is correct the find would rewrite prehistory in the same way as the discovery of a mini-human ”hobbit” on the eastern Indonesian island of Flores rewrote paleoanthropology…
Hilman, who holds a PhD from the California Institute of Technology, was summoned to brief the Indonesian president on his findings. The President was so impressed that he appointed a government taskforce to investigate further, while Arif and Hilman continued with their work. The Indonesian government urged haste, describing the team's work as a ''task of history … of important value for humanity''
A petition signed in April by 34 Indonesian archaeologists and geologists and submitted to the Indonesian government agreed that the upper part of Gunung Padang is ''the largest megalithic structure in south-east Asia''. It’s huge,” Hilman says. ”People think the prehistoric age was primitive, but this monument proves that wrong.”
Reconstruction of the alleged pyramid of Gunung Padang as a 3D model.
What are your thoughts? Could Indonesia be home to an advanced ancient civilization that was in power much before the Egyptians and Mayans were?