Fosil on display in the trinil museum
The Trinil Museum can be found close to the village of Kawu, about 12 km west of Ngawi. Officially opened only nine years ago, the building is located on the bank of the Solo River, just 100 metres from where Eugene Dubois carried out his excavations in 1891. Today, the museum receives a regular stream of visitors, who come from all over the world to gaze at the strange assortment of fossils bearing labels such as 'leg bone of a rhinoceros, circa 500,000 years B.C.'. Aside from a sizeable collection of old bones and teeth, the museum also displays replicas of the skull and thigh bone of Java Man, the originals of which are now kept in the Bandung Museum of Archaeology. Perhaps the prize exhibit at Trinil is a complete mammoth's tusk measuring about three metres in length, which is displayed under glass in the centre of the exhibition room.

Whether or not one is a fossil fanatic, the museum is well worth a visit, if only to stand on the spot where our ancestors walked a million years ago.The man largely responsible for the promotion and maintenance of the Trinil Museum was Pak Wirodiharjo, a local resident and farmer. The following is a personal account of the site's development over the years, translated from the original Indonesian language.
'After three years of elementary school I continued my studies for a further two years until 1932. This was during the Dutch colonial period. Following Independence in 1945 I became a watchman (hansip) and was diligent in my work. Then, in 1965, I was promoted to the position of representative of the Head of the village of Kawu, a post which I held for two years. After 1967 I lived as a farmer and became attracted by the historical importance of Trinil, which was close to Kawu. I noticed the monument erected there in memory of Eugene Dubois, who had carried out excavations between the years 1891 and 1893. But the condition of the site was very sad to see.

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