Road project threatend Philippine mummy site

A road construction project in Philippines’ Mountain province runs uncomfortably close to some sacred mummy burial sites, sparking criticism.

Hanging coffins of Sagada. Source: Inquirer 20160627
Hanging coffins of Sagada. Source: Inquirer 20160627

Sacred mummy cave in Sagada threatened by DPWH-DOT road project
The Inquirer, 27 June 2016

A government road-widening project in Sagada, Mountain Province is threatening the integrity of an ancient mummy burial cave in Ambasing Village.

The road-widening is part of the “convergence project” of the Department of Public Works (DPWH) and Department of Tourism (DOT) designed to ease traffic to and from the picturesque Mountain Province municipality.

The convergence project has irked residents who have criticized the local and national governments for their reckless disregard of environmental, heritage, and even sensitive cultural-religious concerns caused by public works in aid of tourism profits.

Full story here.

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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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