Manusia Purba Museum

The Best Place for Learning the Balinese Early Human

If you need something new in your holiday in Bali, you should try to visit Jembrana. Jembrana is the western part of Bali, it about 4 hours from Denpasar. Jembrana has many unique things, like Mekepung (traditional buffalo race) and Bendu (Sweet light meal). Beside of that, it also offers unique museum. It called Manusia Purba Museum (Early Humans Museum).

Manusia Purba Museum Information

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Manusia Purba Museum is a small prehistoric museum with significant collections of prehistoric artifacts and prehistoric human’s bones. This unique museum is located in Gilimanuk, Jembrana regency. This museum was opened by Balinese Governor Prof. Ida Bagus Oka on 1993. This Museum has 3 floors,; The 1st floor is the place for exhibiting and keeping the bones and the sarcophagus. The 2nd floor is the place for keeping bronze trowel which use to cultivate farmland. The 3rd floor is the place for keeping the kitchen set like plate, pottery and many others.

The Place of Various Artifacts

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Manusia Purba Museum houses collection of prehistoric bones and artifacts which were found by R.P. Soejoeno of Bali Archaeological Service during great excavation in 1962, in the village of Cekik, where the museum finally located. Cekik site is one of the biggest necropolises found in Indonesia. In this site, the archaeologists found various artifacts such as jewelries, bronze equipments, glass beads, pottery and sarcophagus, 100 complete prehistoric human skeletons adult were also found in an ancient graveyard in this excavation area.

The Sarcophagus

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The artifacts and the bones which were found in Cekik excavation site are exhibited in this museum in a modest display. The prima ballerina of Manusia Purba Museum is two sarcophaguses which form a set of double jar burial, it is a unique burial system in which the second jar contains a skeleton in a position of a man which his hand were tied in the back, which suggest that this unfortunate person was buried alive against his will to accompany the deceased person in the first sarcophagus. Manusia Purba Museum of Gilimanuk houses a complete collection of early civilization in this island which provides useful information on the life and culture of ancient inhabitants of the last paradise; magnificent and important collections for a small and modest museum which is frequently unnoticed by the Balinese and the visitors.

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