Nature lovers of Faculty of Cultural Sciences (KAPALASASTRA) UGM will carry out their big agenda this year, which is Brantas River Expedition of Kapalasastra UGM 2107. Archaeology, Anthropology, History, and Literature Students will do the expedition to explore the history and culture potential around the Brantas river in East Java from 27 October – 5 November 2017, passing Blitar, Tulungagung, Kediri, Jombang, Mojokerto, Gresik, and Sidoarjo cities.
The expedition team will be divided into two. The first team with four members will sail on foam boats while the second with eight members will interact with the local community to do research related to Brantas River. Three boats will be deployed for the whole team that will document environment and activities of the local people.
Brantas River is known for its history related to ancient Majapahit, Kediri, and Kahuripan kingdoms. At that time the river had vital roles in the economy, politics, and religion. This proved in the reliefs and Chinese historic records, saying that at that time Brantas River was a vibrant trade route.
The Brantas River expedition was a tool for members to train and apply sciences and skills they learn on campus to make them more beneficial for society.
Hammam Aulia, chairman of KAPALASASTRA, said they plan to routinely hold expeditions annually as media of learning for the students as a form of contribution to society. “Through this culture studies, the society is expected to be able to sustain the environment and cultural wealth that exist along the Brantas river,” said Nurdin, expedition chairman.