Boljoon town plaza – an ancient burial ground

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.

Boljoon Church
photo credit: Cheonsa


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.

“The 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,” said Jojo Bersales, Cebu province’s consultant on heritage and museum affairs.


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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.

One thought on “Boljoon town plaza – an ancient burial ground”

  1. There is a legacy of theft in this family. Mom used to steal supplies and had for DECADES!!! To maximize damage they likely told her why::::::To establish this legacy of theft so they can justify pushing me into stealing, ensuring indifference from society’s elite who will be positioned to be involved in this Situation.
    They offered him the temptation of maximizing the prices he commands by pushing people into buying at above market value. And I suspect his selling history will attest to this. Not to mention the two $20 Starbucks gift cards he stole out of my car.
    Don’t forget::There are no secrets with this technology!!!
    Think this will shut the tough guy up? Because I can go on about his schitzophrenia and how it makes him more likely to be a recidivist pediophile.
    His parents were both good but became corrupted. As a result, he is good as well. Unfortunately, he became corrupted and subscribed to evil. The result is this internal battle of good and evil that he experieces as schitzophrenia.
    And, like so many of you, he will do EVERYTHING he is told. The difference is they will ask him because of his morbid disfavor.
    Just like his mom::::She lit her own house on fire intentionally.

    Thank you, all of you, for stealing my jewelry. And they intend to do the same with the house.
    May I remind you they flew to the Far East and the SouthPacific during the 50s in the context of their employment. Access to nice jewelry dirt cheap was likely at their disposal.
    It was better than Mexico in the 70s!!!
    I wash my hands of you all. And it was very interesting how you corrupted your children to play a part, sitting them down to divy up the costume jewelry. Or how they scurried upstairs, as if by cue, when that lush was screaming in my face.
    Enjoy your “alcoholic haze”. Comes through LOUD AND CLEAR. Your employer thanked me for giving you this warning, so be prepared.
    I wish I threw it in her face when she was screaming at me. I wonder if it would have shut her up?

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