Gold jewelery in an archaeological dig is always great news, but it’s the context of the find that gives us a greater understanding of the past. Gold jewelery found in a burial ground near the Boljoon Church in Cebu tells us something about the mortuary practices of the past – this practice was stopped with the arrival of the Spaniards. I wonder why – perhaps they wanted the gold for themselves? Read a related story about the Cebu digs here.
Church digging yields gold jewelry
Manila Bulletin, 17 April 2009
Local townsfolk used to share stories about the town plaza as a burial ground during the Spanish era. The stories were not taken seriously, especially by the younger generation, until diggers recently discovered centuries-old skeletons near the Boljoon Church.
Diggers from the National Museum and the University of San Carlos socio-anthropological department explored the church plaza and discovered gold jewelry, antique jars and plates, and 39 centuries-old skeletons, proving claims of townsfolk that rich Cebuanos there during the 15th century.
â€œThe town plaza could be a burial ground for affluent families in the 15th century based on the way the skeletons were dressed and with the jewelry and antique that surrounded them,â€ said Jojo Bersales, Cebu provinceâ€™s consultant on heritage and museum affairs.