Caution raised over vintage bombs found in the Philippines

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The Philippine Army Central Command has refused requests from members of the public to preserve some unexploded ordnance found in Kawit Island, citing safety reasons. I’m noting a record here because it might be useful for the future studies in the archaeology of World War II!

The unwillingness of the military to display the bombs, as well as their preference to destroy them for safety reasons is interesting, contrasted with the display of similar UXO at the My Son Sanctuary that I saw last month.

Preserving bombs ‘dangerous’
Sun Star Cebu, 31 January 2012

Vintage bombs probably used as ‘booby trap’: archaeologist
Sun Star Cebu, 1 February 2012
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University of Guam Archaeological Field School in Cebu, Philippines

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Tired of your everyday routines at work? Looking for some archaeological experience? Got 5-6 weeks to spare next summer? The University of Guam, in collaboration with the University of the Philippines and University of San Carlos Kabilin Heritage Studies Center is conducting a field school in Cebu next year.

University of Guam Archaeological Field School in Cebu, Philippines
AN492: Archaeological Field Techniques
Summer 2011
(note: site best viewed using Firefox or Chrome. I am told that the page will not load properly if using IE)
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The ancestors of soft drinks part of Cebu archaeological finds on display

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An exhibition showcasing the artefacts unearthed from Cebu in the Philippines showcase a range of items as early as the 13th century and as recent as the early 20th century. Among the finds are gold necklaces, ceramic wares from Thailand, and bottles for aerated ginger ale (although it’s unclear if the bottles were unearthed with the ginger ale, or if it just said so in the label). All this points to a rich record of regional interactions that Cebu played in Southeast Asia.

Cebu’s archaeological finds on display

Cebu Daily News, 03 June 2009
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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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