For thousands of year, the pyramid was hidden at Mount Padang in West Java.
An Indonesian team made up of scientists and geologists reported their discovery of a pyramidal structure beneath Mount Padang, West Java, on December 12. This was part of the annual meeting for the American Geophysical Union (AGU), which is pronounced “AGU” in English.
The edifice was built on top of an ancient archaeological site, which was discovered at the start of the nineteenth century. It also houses rows and rows of stone pillars. Andang Bachtiar (geologist), who was responsible for soil drilling and research, stated that “what was once thought to be a built-up area now penetrates deeper and it is a huge structure.”
Researchers used a variety of techniques to uncover many strata of the structure, which spanned approximately 15 meters (150,000 sq. meters) of surface area. The structure was built over many millennia and has layers that reflect different epochs.
The upper section contains basalt rock columns that frame tiered terraces. These terraces are made up of different combinations of rock columns which “make walls, roads, or voids”. According to researchers, this stratum dates back between 3,000 and 3,500 years.
Below the surface is another layer of similar rock columns that are between 7,500 to 8,300 years old. It is located at around 3 meters below the surface. A third layer 15 meters below surface could contain as many as 28,000 years of age, according to the study.
If the findings are correct, this will be the first pyramidal structure ever discovered. Throughout the investigation, many underground chambers were located.
According to Danny Hilman Natawidjaja (project leader and chief scientist, Indonesian Institute of Sciences), the buried structure appears to be a pyramid. However, the construction is different from the Maya.
Most Mayan pyramids have symmetrical sides, but this one has an extended front with what looks like a semicircle. Natawidjaja stated, “It is a unique temple.”
He concluded that the exposed top of the structure was still used by the community as a place of prayer and meditation. This could have been thousands of years ago. What do you think? Please leave a comment below.