Denpasar-BRIN Public Relations. After the integration of the Bali Archeology office into the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), the activities of archaeological research and development continue. These activities include archaeological research on utilization and maintenance of objects of cultural value.

This office serves as reference for the public to find out the results of archaeological research, both in the form of objects or sites of historical heritage. The requests for services by the public who visit to the Bali-BRIN Archeology Office relate to among others archeological discoveries, reading of inscriptions, and lontar (palm leave) manuscripts.

In addition, the Bali-BRIN Archeology office also conducts research on discoveries of prehistoric objects such as statues, temples, and Balinese Hindu temples. The discoveries are based on people’s reports and the results of research by the Bali-BRIN Archeology office researchers. The services are provided directly at the place of discovery of prehistoric objects or the place where the service is requested.

According to Luh Suwita Utami, one of the Bali-BRIN Archaeological Young Researchers, this office has four classifications of expertise, namely prehistoric, classical, colonial, and maritime. Prehistoric expertise focuses on prehistoric discoveries. Classical expertise focuses more on discoveries of temples, temple structures, statues, epigraphs, and reading inscriptions. Colonial expertise is focused on the influence of arrivals of traders up to colonialists in the early colonial time in Indonesia, while, maritime expertise includes prehistoric relics under the sea.

“The public can apply to get services related to archeology to this office,” said Utami. “Application can be initiated by community groups, agencies, or universities. The letter of requests for service can be directly addressed to the Bali-BRIN Archaeology Office, which is domiciled in Sesetan area, Denpasar,” she added.

Furthermore, Utami added, for better services, the Bali-BRIN Archeology Office does not rule out possible collaboration with related institutions such as the language and literature department of Udayana University. To avoid unwanted events in the provision of services, cooperation is carried out by also involving the local communities and community leaders in the execution process in the field. (yul)