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
Artifacts from Philippines’ iron age have been unearthed from an excavation in Cebu.
San Remigio dig yields Philippine Iron Age artifacts
Philippine Inquirer, 24 June 2011
The mayor of Cebu town announces a new museum to house artifacts excavated from a dig at a local church.
Cebu town to build museum for newly discovered artifacts
PIA, 22 June 2011
Japanese emariware or porcelain have been unearthed at an excavation in Boljoon, Cebu, Philippines.
Ancient Japanese pottery in Boljoon town
Philippine Inquirer, 30 May 2011
If all goes to plan, new excavations will be conducted at the Boljoon Church plaza in Cebu, Philippines next month. Excavations thus far have proved that the town of Boljoon was a significant trade centre before the arrival of the Spanish.
photo credit: Cheonsa
Archeological diggings set for May
Cebu Daily News, 25 April 2011
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
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Japanese ceramics from the Hizen kilns found in the Boljoon archaeological site in Cebu add another layer to the complexity of trade and exchange networks going on in the Philippines during the 17th century.
Japanese ceramics in Boljoon
Philippine Inquirer, 23 September 2010
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.
Cebuâ€™s archaeological finds on display
Cebu Daily News, 03 June 2009
This week in rojak we take you on a virtual tour of Angkor and a Jesuit House and see how archaeology is very much like science fiction.
photo credit: abbeyman2002
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.
photo credit: Cheonsa
Church digging yields gold jewelry
Manila Bulletin, 17 April 2009