Diorama of Maitum Jar finds opened in city hall

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The Maitum City Hall is hosting a special diorama featuring the anthrpomorphic jar finds from the area, in conjunction with the city’s 50th anniversary. The jars, first found in Ayub Cave, feature faces which are believed to contain the remains of the person whose likeness is on the jar. A second cache of jars was recovered last year from illegal antiquities dealers who were trying to smuggle the jars out of Maitum. The jars, dated between 5 BC and 225 AD, are quite unique and no similar examples have been discovered elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

Philippines opens exhibit on Mindanao archeological finds
Mindanao Examiner, 05 May 2009

Maitum opens diorama of archaeological discovery
PIA Information Services, 05 May 2009
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Maitum jar diorama on display from next week

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Replicas of the famous Maitum Jars will be on display at a specially-made diorama in the Maitum Town Hall starting May 5 for the town’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Plans are underway for a museum to be constructed in Maitum to showcase the real artefacts, currently housed in the National Museum in Manila.

Diorama of Maitum artifacts opens May 5; Maitum site declared “important cultural property”
Minda News, 25 April 2009
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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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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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Maitum jars: 22 bags of artefacts seized

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Rather disturbing news from Southern Philippines – remember the Maitum jars that were discovered this year? 22 bags of Maitum artefacts were seized from a man with questionable (and outdated) government permits. It seems that the permits were also made out to an antiquities trading company.

Maitum Jars, Minda News, 03 September 2008

22 bags of cultural artifacts seized in Maitum
Mindanews, 03 September 2008
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