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Ancient Burial Cave Discovered[Philippines]
Arab News ^ | 11 Apr 2008 | Al Jacinto

Posted on 04/12/2008 5:30:29 PM PDT by BGHater

An ancient burial cave was discovered in the Philippine island of Mindanao, south of Manila, and officials have sealed the site to prevent looting of artifacts, many of them jars made from clay.

It was not immediately known whether there are other treasures in the cave which was accidentally discovered by quarry diggers yesterday in Maitum town in Sarangani province.

The latest discovery in the village of Pinol was near another ancient burial site discovered in 1991 where burial jars, shaped in different human forms, had been recovered inside Ayub cave.

Lingling Jabel, owner of the quarry site, informed local authorities about the find and the site was immediately sealed and security forces are guarding the cave where several burial jars have been recovered.

“The quarry site is more or less half a kilometer away from Ayub Cave. The archaeological find at Ayub Cave consisted of anthropomorphic burial jars that date back nearly 2000 years ago.

The anthropomorphic potteries of human figures depicting various facial expressions are associated to the Metal Age in the Philippines,” the local government said in a statement.

“I feel happy that we have found another valuable artifacts that would help us understand more our history as a people not only in the Philippines, but probably in the whole Southeast Asia,” the mayor of Maitum, Elsie Perrett, said.

Dr. Eusebio Dizon, curator of the Archaeology Division and chief of the Underwater Archaeology Section of the National Museum, has described Ayub Cave as “the most significant cave in Mindanao” and its finds as “unparalleled in Southeast Asia.”

A team of experts from the National Museum are expected to arrive in the town to inspect the new cave.

The site had been dated to 830 +/-60 B.P. (calibrated date of A.D. 70 to 370) and 1920 +/- 50 B.P. (calibrated date of 5 B.C. to A.D. 225).

The radiocarbon dates were obtained from the soot samples taken from the small earthenware vessel found inside one of the anthropomorphic burial jar.

The jars are unique and they are like portraits of distinct individuals, of specific dead persons whose remains they guard, described the burial jars in a book entitled “Faces from Maitum,” written by Dizon himself after the 1991 discovery of the Ayub cave.

The provincial government described the cave as a unique and fascinating assemblage of archeological find — human faces and figures in earthenware- that depicts Sarangani’s cultural wealth was excavated here.

It said the recovered potteries were used as secondary burial jars. Its coverings were molded as human heads emulating different facial expressions of happiness, contentment, and even a trace of desolation.

“Such were shaped artistically tracing the most conservative detail of the human face that can still be seen in the broken fragments of the jars outside the cave.. retaining their natural color even up to now,” it said.

Ayub cave is made up of Miocene limestone formation.

The opening is about two meters wide and two meters high, sloping downward to at least 20 degrees angle and extending a length of 11 meters from the entrance.

TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: burial; cave; godsgravesglyphs; philippines
I look forward to their findings.
1 posted on 04/12/2008 5:30:30 PM PDT by BGHater
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To: SunkenCiv

No hobbit, cave ping

2 posted on 04/12/2008 5:31:23 PM PDT by BGHater (It's easy to be brave from a distance.)
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Geraldo could not be reached for comment.

3 posted on 04/12/2008 5:34:16 PM PDT by alancarp (How many millions have to break a law before it's inconvenient to enforce?)
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Lingling Jabel, owner of the quarry site

Isn't he one of the Pandas that used to live in the National Zoo in Washington? :0)

4 posted on 04/12/2008 5:39:03 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Illegals : Why spend the money to educate them if its against the law to employ them?)
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5 posted on 04/12/2008 5:51:45 PM PDT by AndrewB
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6 posted on 04/13/2008 12:51:42 AM PDT by SunkenCiv ( updated Saturday, March 29, 2008)
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The Manunggul Jar and the Maitum Jars point to the fact that early man in the Philippines believed in some form of afterlife. These elaborately designed secondary burial jars are also a testament to the artistic skill of the early Filipino.
7 posted on 04/13/2008 3:03:16 AM PDT by Fred Nerks (a fair dinkum aussie)
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or it could be an ancient nursery school and those are the kids projects.

8 posted on 04/13/2008 6:07:02 AM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: BGHater

Will be interesting to know what they find.

9 posted on 04/13/2008 7:08:54 AM PDT by Dustbunny (Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. The Gipper)
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