via Museo ng Kaalamáng Katutubò – a lecture by Prof. Victor Paz happening next Thursday. Details in the link below.
We know much more about the human past because of archaeological research. The Philippines is no exception to this increase in knowledge and insights into human history. In the span of archaeological practice in the Philippines plant remains have been unearthed and used as direct or proxy evidence to past human behavior. This lecture will present the salient contributions of archaeobotanical research/data to our understanding of how humans and human cultures utilized plants as evident in the limited archaeological information. It shall outline some of the key issues, and center on subsistence models that were challenged by archaeology. It shall also present alternative models of subsistence, proposed in the process of on-going research, and are currently engaged in specialist’s circles. Central to the question is rice agriculture-base culture, how this phenomenon may be more recent that previously expected as a subsistence-base in the Philippine archipelago. While there are cautionary tales due to results of more basic research, the limits of the methodology of archaeobotany shall also be pointed out in the unfolding of the narrative.