"Museum Situs Purbakala Gilimanuk" Bali Off The Beaten Path Tip by theo1006
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Gilimanuk is the ferry harbour on Bali's side for traffic between Java and Bali. Most travellers just hurry past, and indeed Gilimanuk has little to offer of the things that have made Bali famous. The western tip of Bali was almost uninhabited until increasing inter-island traffic caused people both from Bali and from Java to settle in Gilimanuk.
Having passed through many times already, we finally decided to make time for a visit to the museum. Here we saw proof that Gilimanuk, more specifically the Cekik quarter was already inhabited in pre-historic times. Excavations in 1962 have revealed a necropolis or burial site of 15 ha, one of the largest in Indonesia. Numerous sarcophagi have been found here, smaller than those we saw in Sumbawa, and at least 100 complete human skeletons. Some of these are on display in the museum together with pottery and other artefacts. They are said to date back to 600 B.C.
The museum is located on 7 ha of the excavation site itself, while the remaining area has not been cleared yet from modern occupation.
Directions: Just follow the route east from the ferry terminal, after 500 m go straight ahead instead of right direction Denpasar. There you find the museum on your left.
Open: Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm
Entrance: Rp 6000
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