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Kerkhof Heritage Trail 2008, Sunday 25 May 2008

The Kerkhof Heritage Trail 2008 was the program organized by Aceh Heritage Community (AHC) collaborated with Peutjut Stichting Foundation, Netherlands. This activity is part of the education and public awareness program on history and cultural heritage of Aceh. It is aimed to explore the graves of several communities (Dutch, Japan, Jews, Marsose and Sultan's family) in the Graveyard complex of Kerkhof Peutjut, Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda, Banda Aceh.

Three historians (Mr. Ridwan Azwad, Ms. Zunaimar from PDIA or Aceh Documentation and Information Center, and Mr. Sudirman from BPSNT or Aceh Historical and Traditional Conservation Board of Aceh) were hired as resource persons in this event. Mr. Azwad, one of the old historians from Aceh was the main resource person who led the tour. Around 80 participants from many parties like students, professionals, government officials, individuals, NGOs, and so on, took part in this program.

Survey on Tangible Heritage (3 years after tsunami), March-April 2008

The survey on tangible heritage of Aceh 3 years after tsunami is the continuation activity of the inventory project that was carried out in 2005 right after tsunami. It is aimed to update the data on the condition of tangible heritage assets of Aceh 3 years after tsunami in two main districts that are Banda Aceh and Aceh Besar especially in tsunami affected areas.

The survey tried to asses the changes of the sites whether there is renovation, reconstruction, additional new construction/landscape, or any efforts that are related with conservation/preservation. The survey was also tried to identity the parties (aid agencies, government institution, community, etc) who are involved in the rehabilitation projects of those sites.

This activity was collaborated with Asia Research Institute of National University of Singapore (ARI-NUS). Under supervision of Dr. Patrick Daly from ARI-NUS, around 12 members of surveyor team from Aceh Heritage Community (AHC) that was led by Yenny Rahmayati, the Executive Director of AHC involved in this project. The project was conducted for 8 weeks during the period of March-April 2008. 152 sites have been updated from this activity.

Development of series of posters ‘Safeguarding the Living Heritage of Aceh, March-May 2008

UNESCO Jakarta Office and Aceh Heritage Community collaborated with Aceh Museum conducted a project on development of series of posters ‘Safeguarding the Living Heritage of Aceh. This activity was carried out as part of the effort to support the ratification of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage by the Indonesia Government in 2007.

Several activities have been done during the 8 weeks period of activity from 15 March until 15 May 2008 like research, discussion and consultation with relevant parties, especially with Museum officials, as well as independent expert on cultural heritage Dr. E. Edwards McKinnon, followed by photo sessions and captioning. The posters will be launched and distributed to the target groups once the finalized posters have been printed.

Fieldtrip Fortress to Fortress, March 2008 - present

Fieldtrip fortress to fortress is one of the regular activities as part of the AHC inventory project. This program involves resources person who can give explanation on the significant values of the fortresses. Dr. E. Edward McKinnon is the main resource person in this program.

This activity is conducted in small scale of group around 10-12 people for each trip. The fortresses that have been inventoried are Indrapatra Fortress, Benteng Inong Fortress, Iskandar Muda Fortress, and Kuta Lubok Fortress. More fortresses will be visited in the coming months.

Excavation Project, March 2008

The excavation project was carried out by Dr. Patrick Daly, a researcher from Asia Research Institute of National University of Singapore (ARI-NUS) and Aceh Heritage Community Foundation. This is the preliminary assessment to find archaeological evidences in Aceh for further archaeological research in future.

The excavations were done in two spots that are Lhong and Lhok Cut. The excavation team spent 5 days in Lhong and 7 days in Lhok Cut. Several findings have been collected from the excavation, most of them are pieces of ceramics, coins, and animal bones that were predicted come from 13th-15th century.

The findings were analyzed by Dr. E. Edwards McKinnon a fellow researcher from ARI-NUS.

Survey on Intangible Heritage, February-March 2008

Together with the survey on tangible heritage, the survey on intangible heritage of Aceh was also conducted especially for the intangible cultural heritage of Aceh that are related with livelihood rehabilitation issues.

The main activity of this survey is data collecting from any parties involved in rehabilitation of reconstruction of Aceh including the aid agencies, government institutions, local community, local NGO, and so on. All the livelihood programs related with intangible cultural heritage like training of traditional handicraft, revival of traditional food, small grant program for starting business or business revival on Acehnese products, and other relevant programs were assessed in this survey. The data collected from this survey will be used for further detail related research in future.

Aceh Heritage Community Foundation (AHC)
Yayasan Komunitas Lestari Pusaka Aceh

Founded 2005

Founding members
Yenny Rahmayati (Yeyen)
Dra. Eranida
Sunanda Sudarmansyah
Hilda Mufiaty
Indra Tjakradharma

Contact person: Yeyen
Email: yeyendisini@yahoo.com

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