Maitum Updates

Maitum Updates

Diorama of Maitum artifacts opens May 5; Maitum site declared “important ...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 April) –  A diorama of the famous anthropomorphic secondary burial jars will be inaugurated at the town hall of Maitum, Sarangani province on May 5, as part of the  50th anniversary celebration of the town.

National Museum orders transport of remaining seized cultural artifacts

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 April) – The National Museum has ordered the transport of the remaining 17 of 22 bags of cultural artifacts seized August last year by the police in Maitum, Sarangani, as a study on the five sacks earlier transported to Manila revealed that the makers of the confiscated anthropomorphic pottery, were, indeed, “ a distinct or separate group that most likely had contact with the group who made and used the pottery from Ayub.”

National Museum to send proposed budget for more studies of Sagel Cave

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 April) – The National Museum is expected to send to the provincial government of Sarangani  a proposed budget to conduct further studies in Sagel Cave in  Barangay Pinol, Maitum, Sarangani, which a five-person team sent there two weeks ago said was “used as a burial ground in prehistory.”

National Museum confirms Sagel Cave a prehistoric burial ground

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20April) – A one-by-two meter trench excavation by the five-person National Museum team in Sagel Cave, Barangay Pinol, Maitum, Sarangani has yielded human and animal bones and non-anthropomorphic pottery fragments, indicating it was “used as a burial ground in prehistory,” preliminary findings of the team’s Sagel Cave Archaeological Excavation showed.

Maitum declares new cave an archaeological site; NM team digs 2 test pits

PINOL, Maitum, Sarangani (MindaNews/18 April) -- The local legislature here has passed a resolution declaring the newly-discovered Sagel Cave in Barangay Pinol as an “archaeological site,” to take into custody the artifacts found there which are similar to those of Metal Age anthropomorphic secondary burial jars recovered in 1991 from another cave a few hundred meters away, and to ensure their preservation.

National Museum team hopes to find untouched artifacts

MAITUM, Sarangani (MindaNews/16 April) -- Experts from the National Museum late Tuesday afternoon entered the cave here that contained supposed prehistoric artifacts and emerged thrilled based on their initial investigation at the site now fully guarded by the military.

National Museum team arrives in Maitum today

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) – The five-person team dispatched by the National Museum to do a “preliminary study and assessment” of the newly-discovered cave in Maitum, Sarangani which yielded artifacts similar to those of anthropomorphic secondary burial jars recovered in 1991 from a cave a few hundred meters away, is arriving in General Santos City early this morning, en route to Maitum.

National Museum team off to Maitum Tuesday

MANILA (MindaNews/11 April) – A five-person team from the National Museum is going to Maitum, Sarangani next week to do a preliminary study and assessment of the newly-discovered cave in Sitio Sagel, Barangay Pinol, Maitum, Sarangani, which yielded artifacts similar to those of anthropomorphic secondary burial jars recovered in 1991 from a cave a few hundred meters away.

Maitum cave yields artifacts similar to 1991 find

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Left side of face found in new site. MindaNews photo courtesy of Beth Palma.
BARANGAY PINOL, Maitum, Sarangani (MindaNews/10 April) – A cave discovered while quarrying limestone in Sitio Sagel last Saturday has yielded artifacts similar to the Metal Age anthropomorphic secondary burial jars discovered in another cave a few hundred meters away from here in 1991.

The nearly 2,000 year old anthropomorphic pottery excavated from the Pinol Cave  here 17 years ago, was described as an “exceptional archaeological assemblage” by then National Museum Director Gabriel Casal and according to Dr. Eusebio Dizon, head of the National Museum archaeological team that dug those cultural treasures, was “unparalleled in Southeast Asia.” 

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