History Questioned in Indonesia

On the Indonesian island of Java there is something quietly taking place that could change history books forever.

Gunung Padang has the archaeological establishment scrambling to find answers on how they may have gotten it wrong about primitive civilizations.

First discovered by a group of archaeologists in 1914, the site was believed to be nothing more than a hill naturally formed with 2,500 year-old megalithic structures on top of it. Almost 100 years later, though, an Indonesian geologist named Dr. Danny Hilman Natawidjaja is trying to prove that this “hill” is not a natural creation but a man-made pyramid type structure older than even the ancient pyramids in Egypt.

Put into perspective, Egypt’s oldest pyramid is approximately 5,000 years old, and initial results from carbon testing suggest that the inner structure of Gunung Padang could be anywhere from 20,000 to 26,000 years old. This would suggest that primitive civilizations before the ice age were not so primitive after all.

Dr. Hilman, a senior geologist at Indonesia’s Centre for Geotechnical Research, believes that the first layer of ruins hides walls and rooms inside this Machu Picchu-type structure, and mentions that these hidden chambers have already been detected using seismograph technology.


There are some naysayers that believe Dr. Hilman’s findings are controversial, at best, and that his motives and methods are suspect. A group of Indonesian archaeologists and geologists are concerned that excavation threatens the preservation of the site. Moreover, some believe Dr. Hilman has stopped more important work that studied past natural disasters in the region that could help understand better possible future disasters because of this pyramid hunting.

Volcanologist Sutikno Bronto thinks it is nothing more than the neck of an old volcano and that the stones so far studied have been carved by nature rather than cut by humans. Other experts have anonymously raised questions about how a civilization could build such a structure when tools recovered from a nearby cave, dating back to 7,000 BC, were so primitive and incapable.


And while one of these assertions could very well end up being the case, the possibility that our understanding could be so skewed and history (according to us) so very, very wrong seems important enough to be investigated thoroughly. Not just by the Indonesian government either, but by the world.

Dr. Hilman has so far received complete support from the Indonesian government, and the stamp of approval of the sitting Prime Minister. Let’s hope the excavation continues and some semblance of scientific truth is revealed shortly at this important historical site.

Enjoy this video of Gunung Padang from late 2013: