Burials, Texts and Rituals

Ethnoarchaeological Investigations in North Bali, Indonesia

edited by Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin and I Wayan Ardika

Volume 1
Göttinger Beiträge zur Ethnologie



The villages on Bali’s north-east coast have a long history. Archaeological finds have shown that the coastal settlements of Tejakula District enjoyed trading relations with India as long as 2000 years ago or more. Royal decrees dating from the 10th to the 12th century, inscribed on copper tablets and stillmpreserved in the local villages as part of their religious heritage, bear witnessmto the fact that, over a period of over 1000 years, these played a major role as harbour and trading centres in the transmaritime trade between India and (probably) the Spice Islands. At the same time the inscriptions attest to the complexity in those days of Balinese society, with a hierarchical social organisation headed by a king who resided in the interior – precisely where, nobody knows. The interior was connected to the prosperous coastal settlements through a network of trade and ritual. The questions that faced the German-Balinese research team were first: Was there anything left over of this evidently glorious past? And second: Would our professional anthropological and archaeological research work be able to throw any more light on the vibrant past of these villages? This book is an attempt to answer both these and further questions on Bali’s coastal settlements, their history and culture



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Looking Back in Time

Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin and I Wayan Ardika

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Sembiran und Julah – Sketches of History
Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin

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The Textiles of Sembiran
Marie-Louise Nabholz-Kartaschoff

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Saggah Dawa in the Life of Pacung Community
I Wayan Patera

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Environment and Change

Changes in the Landscape
Enrico Kalb

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Archaeological Evidence and its Interpretation

Archaeological Traces of the Early Harbour Town
I Wayan Ardika

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Traces of Human Life Style from the Palaeolithic Era to the Beginning of the First Century
I Made Suastika

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The Burial System at Pacung
Marini Drawatik
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Short Report on the Microscopic Examination of Bone Samples from a Neolithic Burial
Michael Schultz

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Excavation in Julah’s Temporary Settlement of Upit
I Ketut Setiawan and Rochtri Agung Bawono

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Socio-Political Aspects of Ancient Julah
I Ketut Setiawan

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Sembiran Inscriptions
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