The Newsletter 53 Spring 2010

Rediscovering the royal capital of Majapahit

Amrit GompertsArnoud HaagPeter Carey

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.