Callao Man in the Philippine perspective

This editorial in the Philippine Enquirer contextualises the Callao Man find in the Philippines, which has received surprisingly little coverage in their own local news.

Callao Man
Philippine Daily Enquirer, 02 July 2010

I am going to share a story that takes on the qualities of a detective story. It’s about a toe bone recently found by archaeologists in Callao, Cagayan, and reported in the Journal of Human Evolution. The report’s main author is Armand Mijares of the Archaeology Studies Program at UP Diliman who worked with a multinational team from our National Museum, the Australian National University and the Museum of Natural History in Paris. The news has been picked up by international newspapers and magazines but hasn’t been featured locally.

Let me start out by asking you, “When did humans first arrive in the Philippines?”

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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