Mindanao cave site update

More updates from the Philippine National Museum team who travelled to Mindanao (Southern Philippines) last week to investigate a new cave site containing prehistoric finds. The site, designated Sagel Cave, has since been declared an archaeological site.

National Museum team hopes to find untouched artifacts
Minda News, 16 April 2008

Maitum declares new cave an archaeological site; NM team digs 2 test pits
Minda News, 19 April 2008

National Museum confirms Sagel Cave a prehistoric burial ground
Minda News, 20 April 2008

More prehistoric artifacts found in Sarangani cave
GMA News, 20 April 2008

In a press statement released at noon today through the Sarangani Information Office, the team which arrived in Maitum Tuesday afternoon and completed its preliminary onsite fieldwork Saturday afternoon recommended that “a program for conservation/protection, archaeological exploration and excavation of sites in the Pinol area is necessary,” but did not mention a desired timetable.

Sagel Cave, so named because it was accidentally found in Sitio Sagel, Barangay Pinol while quarrying on April 5, is, according to the team, “possibly contemporaneous with Ayub Cave” (also known as Pinol Cave) located a few hundred meters southwest of Sagel which yielded anthropomorphic secondary burial jars dating back to the Metal Age or nearly 2,000 years ago, in 1991.

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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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