Bali – BRIN Public Relations. The Culture Office of Klungkung Regency visited the Archaeology Office of BRIN Bali on Wednesday (9/2). The Klungkung Regency Government (Pemkab) held discussions regarding ODCB (Suspected Cultural Heritage Objects) and cultural heritage with several researchers from the Bali Archaeology Office. Through I Nyoman Bachelor, Head of Government and Human Development Section and his staff, the Klungkung Regency Government expressed their wish to save historical sites, in cooperation with BRIN Archaeology researchers.

Head of the Bali Archaeology Office, Ida Bagus Prajna Yogi, expressed his appreciation to the Klungkung Regional Government for its concern for cultural heritage sites such as Kertagosa and Goa Jepang. “In terms of duties and functions, we are in charge of 51 regencies in Bali, West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara,” Yogi Continued.

“The initial stage of the service office’s obligations is to form a cultural heritage data collection and registration team. The data collection and registration team must be able to categorize ODCBs. The categories called cultural heritage are buildings, objects, structures, sites, and areas,” he said.

Yogi added, “The ODCB that wants to be converted to a cultural heritage must have documents as listed in the reference indicated in the national registration form. If it has to go through judicial trial, the documents must have legality forms such as ownership evidence, right holder and conflict free statement.”

In addition, Yogi said that the Cultural Conservation Expert Team (TACB) will then check it comprehensively. “If the TACB is not sure about the existing data, then they have the right to verify it in the field. TACB only recommends stipulation. Stipulation of a CB depends on the city / regency, provincial, and national governments. The TACB members do not only come from civil servants but can also come from the community who can assess the ODCB,” he explained.

Yogi also said that the BRIN Archeology Office has the responsibility for data collection and registration. He explained that each researcher has his/her own expertise. “Therefore, the data collection and registration process should better involve researchers who understand the location where data collection and registration will be carried out,” he suggested.

“For preliminary data collection such as determination of the historical value of an ODCB, researchers from the Archeology office are ready to help. If further research is needed, BRIN Archaeological Researchers are ready to carry out research synergy,” said Yogi.

According to BRIN Archeology Researcher Wayan Sumerata, registration and preliminary data collection are the first step for an ODCB. He also said that the Klungkung Regency Government is expected to determine the urgency or priority of ODCBs and cultural heritages. “Most of the tourism objects which are cultural heritages have been commercialized by tourism industry players,” added Sumerata.

Another BRIN Archaeology Researcher, Gendro Keling said that Klungkung Regency is a district that has very good cultural potentials. “Klungkung has cultural potentials starting from those from pre-historic times to colonial times. Klungkung also has pre-historical sites which can only be found in Klungkung,” he further said.

At the site, said Gendro, artifacts and pre-historic relics were found. “In the classical period of ancient Bali, Klungkung Regency had many archaeological remains. In addition, Klungkung is also one of the centers of the oldest Islamic community in Bali,” he explained. “We are ready to help the Klungkung Regency Government in the process of collecting data and determining cultural heritage,” he said.

“For example, there are archaeological remains at Puri Nyalian and Bakas. These archaeological remains are in the middle of a rice field. Relics with this condition are very rare to find,” concluded Gendro (igp,yul/ed:drs)