Boljoon finds belong to national gov’t

By Ma. Bernadette A. Parco
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 12:46:00 04/03/2009

Filed Under: Gold & Precious Materials, Archaeology

The gold jewelry unearthed by archaeologists from the church compound in Boljoon town, southern Cebu, belong to the Philippine government, not the Archdiocese of Cebu, said archaeologist Jose Eleazar “Jobers” Bersales.

“The artifacts are properties of the Philippine state according to the National Museum law,” Bersales said.

Republic Act 8492 or the National Museum Act of 1998 states that “as a scientific institution, the (National) Museum shall continue to conduct basic and systematic research programs combining integrated laboratory and field work in anthropology and archeology, geology and paleontology, botany and zoology.”


Dig Boljoon IV

By Jobers Bersales
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 11:18:00 03/19/2009

Filed Under: Archaeology, Libraries & Museums, history

It’s all systems go once again for another run at digging deep into the past of Boljoon Church, courtesy of a generous research fund from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the University of San Carlos. Yesterday, the three National Museum (NM) archaeologists and technical staff who have worked with me in the three phases of archaeological excavations in 2007 and 2008 arrived to continue our unfinished work there.