Archaeology in a war zone

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Last month, a hoard of rare potsherds that were looted from an archaeological site in Mindanao, Philippines, was intercepted by law enforcement officials. While it is fortunate that the artefacts were recovered, the damage has already been done in the loss of valuable contextual data. Furthermore, the ongoing war between the Philippine military and seccessionist groups in the region are threatening to further destroy any archaeological potential found in Mindanao, by inadvertently destroying sites or facilitating looting to fund further conflicts.

Maitum jars: the other casualty of the war in Mindanao
05 November 2008, Minda News
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Philippine Archaeologists speak out against illicit trading in antiquities

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KAPI, a community of archaeologists in the Philippines, has released a statement calling for better enforcement of heritage protection laws,  after the discovery of 22 bags of archaeological material that were looted from the vicinity of Maitum in Southern Philippines. The complete press release from KAPI was posted in the comments section here.

Archaeologists want end to illicit trading of our cultural heritage
Minda News, 17 October 2008
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Categories: Philippines


Mindanao cave site update

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More updates from the Philippine National Museum team who travelled to Mindanao (Southern Philippines) last week to investigate a new cave site containing prehistoric finds. The site, designated Sagel Cave, has since been declared an archaeological site.

National Museum team hopes to find untouched artifacts
Minda News, 16 April 2008

Maitum declares new cave an archaeological site; NM team digs 2 test pits
Minda News, 19 April 2008

National Museum confirms Sagel Cave a prehistoric burial ground
Minda News, 20 April 2008

More prehistoric artifacts found in Sarangani cave
GMA News, 20 April 2008
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