More excavations at Cagayan caves planned

Following the stunning discovery of a human foot bone in the Cagayan Valley, which indicated that humans were on the Philippine islands as early as 47,000 years ago, archaeologists from the Philippines are planning more excavations in the area to understand the early habitation of the archipelago.

Archaeologists plan more digs around Cagayan caves
The Inquirer, 05 August 2010

The leader of the excavation team that dug up the oldest bone fragment in the Asia-Pacific in a Cagayan Valley cave said they were planning more excavations in the area to seek answers to the mysteries unearthed by the remains.

University of the Philippines archaeology professor Armand Mijares, the leader of the team that found the fossilized foot bone fragment the size of a child’s finger in the Callao cave in Peñablanca, said other caves in Cagayan province could hold more artifacts to support their belief that humans were in the Philippine archipelago much earlier than currently believed.

“This changes the time depth,” he said.

The bone fragment recovered by Mijares’ team in 2007 predated by at least 20,000 years the bones from the Tabon Man of Palawan, which was said to be 47,000 years old.


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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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