The Gold Chain from Boljoon

On March 25, 2009, one of the most important finds in Philippine archaeology was made in Boljoon, Cebu, when a 1.1-meter necklace was uncovered from one of the burials that were excavated there. The necklace, worn on a probable female burial coded as Burial 43.

Jose G. Santiago and Dante Posadas (of the National Museum) and I began the brushing the neckline of the burial to search for artifacts that day. We were not disappointed. For a long gold loop-in-loop chain (reportedly called “inahas” or snake-like by 16th century natives according to Spanish missionaries) glinted like it was made only yesterday.

burial 29 gold chain

The attached video and photo help provide the important provenience so rare in Philippine archaeology where all the gold recovered from burials and displayed in private collections are looted and have no archaeological significance whatsoever. Boljoon has once again provided the important confirmation of the existence of so much gold in Cebu, as mentioned in early missionary accounts.


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