After the successful expedition in Sangihe islands in mid-2017, Archaeology Department research team from Faculty of Cultural Sciences UGM will explore again the underwater potential in August 2018.
Expedition chairperson, Caroline, said the expedition this time would extend its coverage to the historical tourism potential of Sangihe.
“The expedition aims to develop science, give recommendation to stakeholders on the follow-up to the research on maritime cultural potential of Sangihe island in order to enhance Indonesian maritime culture as the world maritime axis,” she said on Thursday (28/6).
Titled 2nd UGM Maritime Culture Expedition, the project will last for 22 days, involving as many as 32 students from study programme such as Archeology, Anthropology, and History.
The research area will cover Tabukan Utara, Tahuna, Tamako, and Lenganeng and the team will explore further the existing archeological and ethnic-historical artefacts.
“We will announce the results of the expedition in the form of dissemination of research, scientific articles and news, and books on the cultural potential and popular science book,” she added.
The team has prepared themselves for the expedition by doing physical exercise, medical basic education, scientific writing, data collection technique, photography and videography, as well as diving practise in Umbul Ponggok Klaten, Central Java.
“The research is expected to enhance and raise the culture of Sangihe as historical tourism potential in Indonesia in a bid to support the vision of Nawacita of President Joko Widodo, particularly on the areas of maritime, Bhineka Tunggal Ika, tourism, and enhancement of Indonesia’s outermost areas,” she concluded.