National Museum team off to investigate new Maitum jars

With some funding from the regional government, a team from the National Museum of the Philippines is off to Maitum in Southern Philippines to investigate the newly unearthed anthropomorphic jars.

National Museum team off to Maitum Tuesday
Minda News, 11 April 2008

A five-person team from the National Museum is going to Maitum, Sarangani next week to do a preliminary study and assessment of the newly-discovered cave in Sitio Sagel, Barangay Pinol, Maitum, Sarangani, which yielded artifacts similar to those of anthropomorphic secondary burial jars recovered in 1991 from a cave a few hundred meters away.

Wilfredo Ronquillo, chief of the Archaeological Division of the National Museum told MindaNews the team, headed by archaeologist Nida Cuevas, will conduct an “assessment and preliminary investigation” so they could “ascertain the extent of disturbance which can affect proper interpretation.”

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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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