Riau Bangka Fort Kota Kapur

Written by on May 21, 2012 in Indonesia, West Indonesia Forts with 0 Comments

Riau Bangka Fort Kota Kapur


Kota Kapur Inscription is an inscription discovered in western coast of Bangka Island, offcoast South Sumatra, Indonesia, by J.K. van der Meulen in December 1892. It was named after “Kotakapur” village, the location where this archaeological findings were discovered. This inscription is using old Malay language written in Pallava letters. It was one of the oldest surviving written evidence of ancient Malay language. The inscription dated first day of half moon Vaisakha on the year 608 Saka (28 February 686 CE), mentioned about the curse of whomever committed treason against Srivijaya and the beginning of Srivijayan invasion against Java. The inscriptions was first examined and analized by H. Kern, a Dutch epigrapher that worked for Bataviaasch Genootschap in Batavia. At first he taught that Srivijaya was the name of a king. It was George Coedes that credited for the discovery of Srivijaya, a name of a 7th century Sumatran maritime empire that ruled over much of western Indonesia include Malay peninsula and Southern Thailand. The Kota Kapur inscription is dated from Srivijaya era.

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