Nazli’s Joint Research on Archaeological Geophysics
Dr. Nazli, S.Si, M.Si., a lecturer of Universitas Syiah Kuala, currently is conducting joint research in France, in collaboration with his partner from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne – UFR de Géographie, Laboratoire de Géographie Physique. Sponsored by the High-Level Scientific Stay or “Séjour Scientifique de Haut Niveau (SSHN)”, scheme by the French Embassy – Institut Français Indonesia, he arrived in France on September and went back to Indonesia on December 2022.
Following is the interview result arranged by the Office of International Affairs (OIA) of Universitas Syiah Kuala regarding his joint research.
Q: What research are you doing recently?
My latest research is about the application of Geophysics for Archelogy. I have been investigating the research on archaeological geophysics at some archelogy sites in Aceh, including the mapping of the Kuta Biram fortress site at Kuta Lubok and Indrapatra, Aceh Besar. During these times, my focuses are on research areas like archelogy, disaster, and geothermal exploration. In the disaster for details, I focus on the mapping of ancient fault lines and tsunamis in Aceh.
Q: Why did you decide to conduct the research in France university?
I have been conducting research with several universities in France regarding the investigation of the ancient harbor in Banda Aceh, so this journey to France is to continue the research at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne – UFR de Géographie, Laboratoire de Géographie Physique.
Q: How long the research will be conducted and since when?
The research has been conducted from 2020 to 2022. I visited France in September 2022 and I stayed there for three months and a half.
Q: How will you conduct the research with your partner research?
This joint research was started by the cooperation between PHC-Nusantara Indonesia dan Perancis. Some researchers have visited Aceh for fieldwork purposes. So, based on the collected data, my partners and I analyzed the data and arrange a joint publication.
Q: What is/are your expectation/s after finishing the research?
After conducting this research, we will obtain detailed information about the condition of Aceh’s geography in the past, including the land changes, beaches, and rivers, as well as significant areas like the cities and ancient harbors.
Q: What is/are innovative/s about your research?
One of the research innovations that I have found is the Tsunami cave in Aceh Besar which has recorded tsunami footage for 7400 years ago continuously. Another finding is a close relationship between archaeological remains, settlements, and political changes with several tsunami incidents in Aceh in the past.