TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Jakarta Rapid Transit Operator PT MRT Jakarta has confirmed the discovery of an old tram track at the site of the MRT Phase 2 construction project in the Kota Tua area.
“We carried out an archaeological investigation in front of the Mandiri museum and found a tram there,” construction project director Silvia Halim said on Tuesday (August 31) in an online journalists’ forum.
The archaeological investigation team and the city’s Cultural Agency are studying the route of the Batavia tramway and matching it with the results of existing research.
The company would also officially report the results of the investigation to the agency and the Presidential Personnel Office (KSP). “To seek guidance from the KSP regarding the results,” she said.
MRT Jakarta had found a number of artifacts during the excavation of 14 locations on Jalan MH Thamrin and the National Monument or Monas area in central Jakarta for the construction of the MRT Phase 2 line.
The artefacts included joints and teeth of bovids or ruminants of buffaloes, antelopes and bison, fragments of Chinese ceramics, fragments of European ceramics, bullets, pottery, up to Dutch coins. They were predicted to be from the 18th to the 20th century.
Artifacts found during the Jakarta MRT construction project are now placed at the Jakarta MRT Visitor Center in the Monas area.
Read: MRT Jakarta Phase 2 project could erase city history: archaeologist
LANI DIANA WIJAYA