Tsunami unearths early Islamic evidence in Indonesia

Experts have long held that the Islamic religion did not reach into southeast Asia until the 13th century, but new evidence found near Ache, Indonesia, may dispute that claim.

The devastating earthquake and tsunami of 2004 unearthed 10th century tombstones long submerged under the ocean. The stonework shows a mixture of Hindu and Islamic influences leading researchers to believe that Islam may have reached southeast Asia centuries earlier than once believed.