New prehistoric site found in South Philippines

Skeletal remains have been discovered near Maitum, in Southern Philippines near another famous prehistoric site.


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Uncovered on Saturday, this new site was discovered after a bulldozer unearthed some skeletal remains in what seems to be a cave site. The local authorities took swift action to cordon off the site to guard against looters.

Maitum town mayor Elsie Perrett immediately ordered the site sealed off to prevent looting and contamination of the area.

She also requested experts from the National Museum to inspect the site and conduct a study of the historical significance of the find.

The guarding against looting is to prevent the repeat of a 1991 incident, where a nearby site was looted. Despite the looting, Maitum is now known for its spectacular anthopomorphic jars.

Related Books:
The Tinge of Red: Prehistory of Art in the Philippines by J. T. Peralta
Filipino Prehistory : rediscovering precolonial heritage by F. L. Jocano

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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