A dispute seems to be brewing between two heritage groups over the significance of finds at at archaeological site in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.
Heritage Council: Nothing final in ‘Huluga’ discovery
Sun.Star, 07 October 2009
THE Cagayan de Oro Heritage Council doused cold water on speculations surrounding the discovery of bones and what appeared to be ancient tools within the so-called Huluga complex in Barangay Indahag.
Dr. Erlinda Burton, an anthropologist who heads the Heritage Conservation Advocates, announced last week the discovery of the artifacts by an exploration team composed of volunteers from two local universities.
The exploration, which occurred last month, yielded skeletal remains and ancient tools believed to have been used by prehistoric Kagay-anons. Burton was quoted in another daily as saying the discovery proved the existence of a permanent settlement that is linked to the present Cagayan de Oro–a contentious subject between those in Burtonâ€™s side and City Hall, which earlier commissioned a survey debunking the claim.