Boljoon town plaza – an ancient burial ground

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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

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1-metre gold necklace among finds from Cebu

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An excavation in Cebu, Philippines, conducted by the University of San Carlos has unearthed the remains of a female buried with gold jewellery. Other rare discoveries include a powder box that may have been used for betel nuu chewinng. The find is dated to the start of the 16th century and may confirm Cebu’s position as a gold-trading partner with China before colonisation by the Spaniards.

Boljoon Church
photo credit: Cheonsa

Rare gold jewelry finds in Boljoon town
Cebu Daily News, 02 April 2008

More gold, more puzzles from Boljoon
Cebu Daily News, 02 April 2008
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