Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Philippines opens exhibit on Mindanao archeological finds





Spectators from the academe and the community take souvenir shots Tuesday, May 5, 2009 of replicas of anthropomorphic secondary burial jars found in Ayub Cave in 1991. The original potteries are now preserved at the National Museum. (Photos by Cocoy Sexcion)


SARANGANI, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / May 5, 2009) – The Philippines on Tuesday opened an exhibit showing a diorama of archeological finds in Sarangani province in Mindanao island.
The National Museum of the Philippines and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and local government officials led the opening of the exhibit that featured a miniature replica of Ayub Cave in Maitum town where anthropomorphic secondary burial jars were found.
The exhibit at the municipal hall coincided with the three-day celebration of Maitum’s 50th foundation anniversary and the Binuyugan Festival.

Called “Diorama of the Treasures of Maitum”, the exhibit showed replicas of burial jars dug in 1991 by a team from the National Museum headed by Dr. Eusebio Dizon and Rey Santiago in Ayub Cave in the village of Pinol.

The original artifacts are now preserved at the National Museum in Manila.

“These treasures were declared as important cultural property by the National Museum,” said Mayor Elsie Perrett. “Every Maitumian should be very proud of this.”

The National Museum said the archaeological sites in Pinol and its surrounding area are in need of protection from treasure hunters and illegal excavation, and should be preserved.
“We are continually looking for non-renewable cultural resources that we have to protect and preserve,” said Director Maharlika Cuevas, of the National Museum. “Our role in the National Museum is to give proper attention to our cultural treasures like this.”
Dizon and Santiago wrote in their book “Faces from Maitum” that the burial jars bore radiocarbon dates of "1930 plus or minus 50 BP (calibrated date of 5 BC to AD 225) and 1830 plus or minus 60 BP (calibrated date of AD 70 to 370)."

Dizon, head of the National Museum’s archeological division, presented a paper about Maitum burial jars at the 14th national Conference on Local and National History in 1993.

“Our Southeast Asian neighbors have nothing of this type of archaeological find. We should be extremely proud as Filipinos in discovering the amazing anthropomorphic potteries, which could suggest the backbone of our own culture.” (With a report from Russtum Pelima)

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