Friday, September 21, 2012

Unique tombs found in Mulanay, new treasure hunt in Marinduque

Feb. 26, 2011 photo released by the Philippine National Museum. Filipino archeologists gather items around a limestone coffin at Mount Kamhantik, near Mulanay town in Quezon province, eastern Philippines. Archeologists have unearthed remnants of what they believe is a 1,000-year-old village on the jungle-covered mountaintop in the Philippines with limestone coffins of a type never before found in this Southeast Asian nation, officials said, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Philippine National Museum, Joe Santiago) 

From AP The Big Story Sept. 20, 2012 by Jim Gomez


"Archaeologists have unearthed remnants of what they believe is a 1,000-year-old village on a jungle-covered mountaintop in the Philippines with limestone coffins of a type never before found in this Southeast Asian nation, officials said Thursday.
"National Museum official Eusebio Dizon said the village on Mount Kamhantik, near Mulanay town in Quezon province, could be at least 1,000 years old based on U.S. carbon dating tests done on a human tooth found in one of 15 limestone graves he and other archaeologists have dug out since last year…
"The archaeological site is part of 280 hectares (692 acres) of forest land that was declared a government-protected area in 1998 to keep away treasure hunters and slash-and-burn farmers. Treasure hunters looking for gold exposed some of the limestone tombs years ago, but it was only last year that Manila-based archaeologists started to unearth the graves and artifacts and realize the significance of the find.
"Treasure hunting has damaged many archaeological sites in the country. In the early 1990s, Filipino archaeologists led by Dizon discovered that 2,000-year-old burial jars with unique human face designs had been destroyed by treasure hunters in a cave in Maitum town in southern Sarangani province.
"Archaeologists worked for a few years to glue the sack loads of clay shards piece by piece and restored more than 150 ancient burial jars to shape. Some of the Maitum jars are displayed at the National Museum in Manila with a plan to exhibit them in France next year, Dizon said.”
Mulanay is a neighboring town of island-Marinduque.
New treasure-hunting activities in Marinduque
Meanwhile, new reports of treasure hunting activities in Marinduque have resurfaced with diggers active again in another site believed to be hiding buried treasures. They reportedly come equipped with hand-held jackhammers to drill holes at the site. As in an earlier case concerning the digging of a suspected treasure site in Gasan that raised official concerns from the town’s local officials, the same group of people is apparently engaged once again in such digging in the new suspected treasure site with the knowledge of certain high-ranking local government officials.  


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