MALACCA: The two medallion-like artefacts found in Pulau Nangka on April 30 are probably ancient Majapahit amulets and not ancient coins, said Malacca chief minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.
He said a study carried out by relevant quarters revealed that the artefacts could not possibly be ancient coins as speculated, as words depicting ancient Javanese mantra were carved on them.
The possible link between the amulets and the Malacca Sultanate and Pulau Nangka, however, had yet to be proved, he said.
"These type of amulets are also found in other historic sites, such the old fort and river banks in Malacca. So, it is difficult to specifically link the amulets with Pulau Nangka," he said after opening the National Speakers Seminar 2014 here.
The two artefacts were found by Smart Partnership International (M) Sdn Bhd, the company commission by the state government to detect and salvage treasures.
At present, Idris said, the company, which contract ended on April 30, was allowed to temporarily continue the salvage works in Pulau Nangka. - Bernama