Mindanao caves need further study and money

The National Museum of Philippines has submitted an additional proposal for the study and protection of the recently discovered Sagel Cave. There’s much more work needed to be done on the cave and surrounding areas, but it looks like budgetary constraints will hamper much of the work – a common occurrence for archaeology in Southeast Asia and around the world.

National Museum to send proposed budget for more studies of Sagel Cave
Minda News, 28 April 2008

The team, headed by archaeologist Nida Cuevas, completed its preliminary onsite fieldwork on April 19 and in a press statement dated April 20 recommended that “a program for conservation/protection, archaeological exploration and excavation of sites in the Pinol area is necessary.”

The team recommended that “a program for conservation/protection, archaeological exploration and excavation of sites in the Pinol area is necessary.”

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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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