Quezon Fieldschool 2014

3rd International Fieldschool , Tabon Cave, Quezon, Palawan

Group picture caveQuezon area, in Palawan Island, is a land of contrasts, where a storm can darken a bright blue sky in a matter of minutes…and such are the pictures one might take in the Tabon cave after climbing the stairs that guide the visitor in the Lipuun Point Reservation.

The bright picture comes first: the ‘spirit’ of the site, the visit of a place classified as National Treasure by the Filipino Government, where one can follow the tracks of the early representatives of our own species, these anatomically modern humans (see the famous Tabon frontal bone excavated by Robert Fox in the early 1960s) who conquered the archipelagos and, and behaved in such a simple way we might easily copy today, halting in a cave and making fire some 35,000 years ago…

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Pucung fieldschool 2013

2013 Field school in “PCTS” site, Pucung, Sangiran dome

carefully brushing the surfaceDecember 2013 – January 2014: A field school is organized in PCTS archaeological site on the Sangiran dome near the Pucung hamlet. Joining together, Indonesian from Jakarta, Medan, Palembang, Ambon and Denpassar, Filipino from Manila and Cebu, Thai and Korean students and young researchers, all of them with different training and field of expertise. The aim is to detail the process of an excavation in a World Heritage Site, from its geological context, through its excavation, up to the preservation of both, the collections and the archaeological site.

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Quezon Fieldschool 2012

Quezon Fieldschool 2012: Collection Management of Artifacts excavated by Robert Fox

In the Philippines, the Tabon cave complex holds outstanding record of prehistoric human activities beginning 47,000 years up to the late Holocene around 2000 years. The archaeological investigation was pioneered by Robert Fox who discovered rich collections of archaeological assemblages comprising human remains, stone tools, ceramics and ornaments. The prehistoric periods document several pulses of the migrations of human populations, technological innovations, aspects of self-expressions, patterns of subsistence behavior, and mortuary practices. The significance of these sites and its cultural properties including their authenticities has fostered the declaration of Tabon Cave complex as a national treasure.

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