An ancient burial site has been discovered in Plawangan village. More human remains have been found recently during excavations for construction of a local hospital, adjacent to the main road. A booklet of the kabupaten government dates them at the beginning of the 'paleometallic' period.
The more important findings have been moved to Jakarta. Some finds are locally on exhibition in a small building, not too well maintained.
If you want to see them, apply to the curator - pak Junaidi, who lives near the north-east corner of the football field, across the Rembang-Surabaya road.
Kartini's burial site is actually a family graveyard, where 40 of her husband's family and her descendants are buried alongside herself.
Four others buried here are considered to have been of great service to the country, including her son, major-general R.M. Soesalit Djojo Adhiningrat, who fought against the Dutch as commander of the Diponegoro division.
The graveyard is open for visitors from 7 to 16 hrs. After your pilgrimage to Kartini's tomb, you may refresh by taking a dive in the pool at Mantingan village, named after her. It lies close by, 4 km more to the south on the Blora road.
Raden Ajeng Kartini's life story is somewhat tragic. She was born in Jepara, the eldest daughter of the governor (bupati) of Jepara district. She was an intelligent, freedom-loving young woman. But was married off to the bupati of Rembang, 25 years her senior, as his second wife. In Rembang she started a school for girls, but she died four days after giving birth to her only son.
Her letters, in Dutch, to a Dutch friend of her father's household, were posthumously published by this friend. That is how she was remembered by posterity and embraced as an icon of women's rights by the Indonesians.
Kartini's birthday, April 21st, is commemorated with a lot of activities for local school girls, e.g. a competition in dressing up like in Karini's time.
Not many foreigners visit the museum, even Indonesians come here only on holidays. Be assured that you are a welcome visitor and will be enthousiastically shown around. The museum opens from 7 to 16 hrs.
The Pasucen caves - called Goa Jagung, Goa Penganten and Goa Joglo - are adjacent to Pasucen village. Inside a hill runs a river, emerging at the foot of the hill and providing water for the village. At some distance the river falls 22 m into a small lake.
Directions: No road signs point to this site.
From Rembang drive 9 km to Lasem, there turn right taking the Bojonegoro road. You pass Pancur village; in the center of Pamotan village take the road to Gunem. This is a small road partly leading some 10 km through teak forest. At Suntri village turn to your right, you soon get to Pasuncen village.
Guide:We were shown around by pak Suraji, the deputy village chief (kamitua). He personally climbed a coconut tree to provide us with a fresh coconut drink.
More to do: Once you got as far as Pasucen, you may want to go on to Sumber Semen, and take a dip in the pool there.
Sumber Semen swimming pool is owned and run by Perhutani, the state forestry company. It is beautifully located in a forest, which may be of interest to botanists, because there are rare trees to be found. They say there are monkeys too, but we did not see them. The place is complete with camp site and deer park.
However, everything is badly in need of maintenance, and this is due to lack of visitors. Even local tourists seldom go here, the pool is only frequented by - non-paying - youngsters from the neighborhood.
Directions: Straight from Rembang drive to Lasem and take the road to Bojonegoro. Pass villages of Pancur, Pamotan, Karas. 9,6 km past Karas - at Wonokerto village - find a road on your right leading into the forest. It is then just 1 km to the pool.
Coming from Pasucen caves, you may return to the main road at Pamotan, there join the directions above to Karas and Wonokerto.
Or, from Pasucen, you may take a short cut through the woods. Return only to Suntri village, here turn right. You then pass the villages Bitingan and Tengger. 2 km past Tengger you enter the forest, until a T-crossing with guard post and a big teak tree. Here turn right and drive another 5 km to Sumber Semen.