Smuggled Maitum jars represent a distinct group

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The remianing bags of Maitum jars that were recovered from looters last year are to be sent to the National Museum, after preliminary studies suggest that the faces depicted on them represent a distinctly separate group from the Ayub Cave pottery that was found 15 years ago.

Maitum Jars, Minda News, 03 September 2008

National Museum orders transport of remaining seized cultural artifacts
Minda News, 23 April 2009
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Looted artefacts may represent an entirely different tribe

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It’s taken a long time, but Philippine archaeologists are finally examining a set of anthropomorphic jars that were recently seized from looters. The artefacts are thought to have been excavated as far back as 10 years ago. The unique nature of these jars coupled with ethnographic knowledge of the peoples currently inhabiting the region indicate that these jars may be the remains of an as-yet-unidentified population that once lived in Southern Philippines.

Artifacts from smugglers in Sarangani may lead to lost tribe
ABS-CBN News, 26 October 2008
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Seized Maitum artefacts may represent another tribe

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Stylistic differences indicate that the anthropomorphic jars that were seized earlier as part of an illegal haul in Maitum may represent a different tribe from that was excavated in 1991. The looters apparently used the published archaeological report on the Maitum jars as a reference when they recovered the jars years before.

Seized cultural artifacts in Maitum: remnants from yet another ancient Mindanawon tribe
MindaNews, 22 September 2008
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The anthropomorphic jars of Maitum

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More news of the anthropomorphic jars found in Maitum, Southern Philippines are coming in including some pictures as seen on the websites. The cave site was accidentally found last weekend through the action of some bulldozing and is currently cordoned off by local authorities to prevent looting.

Maitum cave yields artifacts similar to 1991 find
Minda News, 10 Apr 2008
Ancient Burial Cave Discovered In Mindanao
The Mindanao Explorer, 10 Apr 2008
New cave find linked to ancient burial jars
Philippine Information Agency, 11 Apr 2008
LGU, MILF protect newly-found burial site
Philippine Information Agency, 11 Apr 2008
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Podcast: Archaeology beneath the Sea

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The public lecture held at the Australian National University was mentioned before in an earlier post, and the recording of the lecture by Dr. Eusebio Dizon has been uploaded on the ANU website. You can download and listen in to the half-hour lecture by Dr Dizon. A pity that one can’t see the accompanying pictures. Note: this isn’t a SEAArch podcast – although one is currently in the making!

For more than 20 years, the National Museum of the Philippines has been conducting underwater archaeology in Philippine waters with international collaborators. In this lecture, Dr Eusebio Dizon discusses the shipwrecks uncovered by the museum, includin the fifteenth century Pandanan wreck, with its cargo of Chinese ceramics, which was accidentally discovered by a pearl farm diver off the coast of Pandanan Island in the southern Philippines. Another key discovery discussed is the wreck of the San Diego, a Spanish warship that sank off the waters of Fortune Island during a battle with a Dutch ship, the Mauritius in 1600.

Dr Eusebio Dizon is Head of the Underwater Archaeology Section and Curator I in the Archaeology Division, National Museum, Manila, Philippines. He has undertaken extensive fieldwork in both land and underwater archaeological exploration and excavation in the Philippines, United States, India and Southeast Asia.

Dr Dizon is also a Director of the Archaeological Studies Program in the University of the Philippines and a Professorial Lecturer at Ateneo de Manila and Santo Tomas Universities. He was awarded his PhD by the University of Pennsylvania in 1988.

This lecture was presented by the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.


Related Books:
Lost at Sea: The Strange Route of the Lena Shoal Junk
Shipwrecks and Sunken Treasure in Southeast Asia by T. Wells

Archaeology beneath the Sea

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For anyone interested in maritime archaeology of the Philippines, AND happen to be at the Australian National University in Canberra, you might want to catch the public lecture by Dr. Eusebio Dizon of the National Museum in Manila, Philippines.

Public Lecture
Archaeology Beneath the Sea: Shipwrecks & Their Cargos in the Philippines

For more than 20 years, the National Museum of the Philippines has been conducting underwater archaeology in Philippine waters with international collaborators. The shipwrecks uncovered include the fifteenth century [tag]Pandanan wreck[/tag], with its cargo of Chinese ceramics, which was accidentally discovered by a pearl farm diver off the coast of Pandanan Island in the southern Philippines. Another key discovery has been the wreck of the San Diego, a Spanish warship that sank off the waters of Fortune Island during a battle with a Dutch ship, the Mauritius in 1600.

Dr Eusebio Dizon is Head of the Underwater Archaeology Section and Curator I in the Archaeology Division, National Museum, Manila, Philippines. He has undertaken extensive fieldwork in both land and underwater archaeological exploration and excavation in the Philippines, United States, India and Southeast Asia.

Dr Dizon is also a Director of the Archaeological Studies Program in the University of the Philippines and a Professorial Lecturer at Ateneo de Manila and Santo Tomas Universities. He was awarded his PhD by the University of Pennsylvania in 1988.

Presented by the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.

Details:
Speaker/Host:ANU-Toyota Public Lecture Series 2006
Venue:Lecture Theatre 3, Manning Clark Centre, Union Court, ANU
Date:Thursday, 28 September 2006
Time:6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Enquiries:Diane Whitehead on 6125 4144