Archeologist Thomas Ingicco and the 700,000 Year-Old Rhino Mystery

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via Esquire Philippines, 02 July 2018: Esquire’s interview of Thomas Ingicco, head of the team that discovered the fossil of 700,000-year-old butchered rhino in the Philippines (see here).

Dr. Ingicco is the leader of the archaeological team that unearthed a find in Kalinga that may prove that humans were in the Philippines ten times longer than previously believed.

Source: Archeologist Thomas Ingicco and the 700,000 Year-Old Rhino Mystery

New law on Philippine National Museum as the ‘primary keeper’ of Filipino heritage one step closer to being passed

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National Museum of the Philippines. Source: Rappler, 07 August 2018

via Rappler, 07 August 2018: The Philippine senate has voted on its third unanimously to pass a law strengthening the National Museum as the ‘keeper of Filipino Heritage’. The bill still has several administrative steps to complete, including approval by the president before it becomes law.

If the bill becomes law, the National Museum will be tasked with acquiring documents as well as preserving, exhibiting, and fostering research of artworks, cultural, and historical artifacts that represent Filipino heritage and the country’s natural history.

The law will also allow the National Museum to retain and use all income derived from all its operations nationwide and overseas. This will grant it more flexibility in generating and spending its income to fund redevelopment.

Source: National Museum will be ‘primary keeper’ of Filipino heritage

Iloilo provincial jail turned over to National Museum

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via SunStar Iloilo, 11 April 2018:

THE Iloilo Provincial Government officially turned over to the National Museum of the Philippines the old provincial jail, which was retrofitted and designed for adaptive re-use as a museum to be called as the Iloilo and Western Visayas Regional Museum. The turnover ceremony Wednesday, April 11, coincided with the 117th founding anniversary of Iloilo province, which is marked by a four-day celebration dubbed as “Semana sang Iloilo.”

Source: Iloilo provincial jail turned over to National Museum

National Museum of the Philippines is Hiring

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Positions available at the National Museum of the Philippines, including the Archaeology Division:

We have 51 full time positions open for permanent hiring and these are advertised in our website, the Civil Service website and in JobStreet Philippines. The deadline for submission of applications is on or before September 29. Most positions require civil service eligibility, an inclination for museum work and other proofs of qualifications. Please refer to the advertised posts.

Job vacancies are for the Archaeology Division, Architectural Arts and Built Heritage Division, Botany and National Herbarium Division, Cultural Properties Regulation Division, Ethnology Division, Fine Arts Division, Geology and Paleontology Division, Human Resource Management Division, Museum Services Division, and Zoology Division.

The approval from the government through the Department of Budget and Management for the reorganization of the National Museum took place last year and included 235 new positions – an unprecedented development in the history of the National Museum and the Civil Service of the Philippines. This has meant upgrading the capabilities of the NM with higher entry levels, better qualifications and more management. This progress has meant improved systems in the protection and promotion of our national patrimony.

For more information, please email For brief queries you may phone (02) 527 6621 Monday-Friday, 8 am-12 noon and 1-5 pm.

Free entry in the National Museum of the Philippines

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As of 1 July, admission to the National Museum of the Philippines is free for all nationalities.

Entrance to the National Museum now ‘permanently’ free
Rappler, 30 June 2016

National Museum admission now free – permanently
Philippine News Agency, via Interaksyon, 01 July 2016

– It’s been a day of new beginnings as the nation’s new leaders assumed of office on June 30, Thursday, but in addition to the good vibes, the National Museum has announced that entrance is “permanently free of charge for all visitors, Filipino or foreign, to its museums nationwide.

The Board of Trustees of the National Museum is implementing a new policy, effective by July 1, “in order to build upon signi涁ㄗcant spikes in viewership, especially among younger Filipinos, that have been observed in 2013-2015 and to date in 2016,” it said in a Facebook post

Full story here.

Unclear agency jurisdictions put Philippine sites in danger

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Not quite archaeology, but related. (which is in the National Museum of the Philippines’ domain). An article highlighting how competing agencies with unclear jurisdictions may be putting heritage sites in Philippines at risk.

The Army Navy Club in Manila. Source: 20141028

The Army Navy Club in Manila. Source: 20141028

PH cultural agencies in need of major overhaul?, 28 October 2014
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Philippine National Museum to excavate two more balanghai boats

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The Philippine National Museum announced that they will excavate two more balanghai (balangay) boats in Butuan City. 3 out of the original 9 found were first excavated in 1986 and the oldest dates to the 4th century.

Butuuan Boat at the National Museum of the Philippines

Butuuan Boat at the National Museum of the Philippines

National Museum to dig 2 more balanghai boats in Butuan
MindaNews, 25 February 2012

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Call for Papers: Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage (Manila, Nov 2011)

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Manila and the National Museum of the Philippines is hosting the inaugural Asia-Pacific regional conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage. The deadline for the first call for papers has just passed, but there is a second call whose deadline is on March.

The Asian Academy for Heritage Management warmly invites you to Manila, The Philippines from November 8 – 12 2011 for our inaugural Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage.

This conference aims to:

* exchange and disseminate information about underwater cultural heritage in Asia and the countries of the Indian and Pacific Oceans
* facilitate professional development for underwater archaeologists and underwater cultural heritage managers in the Asia-Pacific region
* provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas about and approaches to underwater cultural heritage and underwater archaeology
* publish the proceedings both online and in print and disseminate to a wide audience

We hope that a wide range of people involved with underwater cultural heritage will attend including those from universities, government agencies, museums, NGOs, IGOs, the private sector and the community.

Full details on the official conference website.

Mid-December archaeology linkdump

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It’s mid-December already, and I haven’t posted any news so far on account of being in Hanoi for the first couple of weeks, and then falling majorly sick after returning. So rather than trying to catch up with three week’s worth of archaeology news from Southeast Asia, here’s all of them in one brilliant link dump, sorted by date (most recent ones first) and country.

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