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.

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A Bioarchaeologist in Cebu

By Jobers Bersales
Cebu Daily News

First Posted 11:05:00 07/16/2009

In the midst of hectic preparations at Museo Sugbo, the Cebu Provincial Museum, for the opening of an additional eight major exhibition galleries this coming Aug. 12, we have taken time to take out the red carpet for a rare visitor to Cebu, a bioarchaeologist from Kyushu University in the person of Ms Ame Garong.

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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.”

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More gold, more puzzles from Boljoon

By Jobers Bersales
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 11:12:00 04/02/2009

Our fourth excavation season in Boljoon, Cebu has once again confirmed the town’s wealthy past with the recovery of a burial cache from a female individual (we call her Burial #29) dating to around 1550-1600, based on one of two datable ceramic accompaniments in her grave. The cacheincluded a 1.1-meter long necklace, locally referred to as “inahas” (snake-like), comprising a 14- or 18-carat gold in loop-in-loop design. The gold weighs 34.1 grams and is estimated, using current gold prices, at P22,650.00. Its historical significance and archaeological value is, of course, immeasurable.

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Rare gold jewelry finds in Boljoon town

By Ma. Bernadette A. Parco
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:55:00 04/02/2009

GOLD jewelry was unearthed, again, at the archaeological dig located within the Patrocinio de Maria parish compound in Boljoon town, south of Cebu.

A 14 karat to 18 karat gold necklace measuring 1.1 meter long and weighing 34.1 grams was found in a burial ground along with the remains of a female.

They were unearthed by Capitol heritage consultant Jose Eleazar “Jobers” Bersales and a team from the University of San Carlos (USC) Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

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