Lost ancient city under the Malacca river?

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PETALING JAYA: Divers are reported to have found historical artifacts from the Majapahit era which might be signs of a settlement submerged under the Malacca river.

The chief minister, Idris Haron, acknowledged having received information about the find, which might be parts of a Hindu temple and a fort-like structure, according to Star Online.

“But we have yet to get an in-depth report. The finding is still vague until archaeologists from the Heritage Department make their conclusions,” he was quoted as saying.

A group of professional divers made the find two weeks ago, the report said.

Executive councillor M S Mahadevan hoped that the Heritage Department would make all findings public.

A history buff, Mohd Fuad Khusari M Said, was quoted as saying that he had researched claims of an underwater city and found signs of statues and various structures still intact about 20 metres below the surface.

Malacca Museum Corporation general manager Khamis Abas said artificats from the 13th century Majapahit era had been salvaged from the river since the late 1990s, the report said.

The Majapahit empire, with its centre in east Java, stretched over a vast part of the Malay Archipelago before the arrival of Parameswara and the later Portuguese conquest of Malacca in 1511.