Rediscovering the royal capital of Majapahit
Mystery has surrounded the exact location of the 14th century Javanese royal palace of Majapahit and the lay-out of its outlying city, the last Hindu-Javanese capital. As a symbol of a potent pre-colonial state, the site of Majapahit has been left neglected for centuries, seen as too politically sensitive to be preserved by the Dutch colonial government. Now, with revolutionary technology and a rediscovered map at their disposal, the authors of this article have pinpointed the royal site in the hope that the Indonesian people and their government will invest in its preservation.
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