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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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.

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Boljoon excavation shows gold jewelry, China trade

By Bernadette Parco
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 09:25:00 06/08/2008

No crystal skulls, no alien corpses were found. But the archaeological excavations in Boljoon town, south of Cebu, offer just as interesting—and more realistic—finds on Cebuano culture and tradition.

New discoveries have led to more questions, that need expert study, said Jose Eleazar “Jobers” Bersales, chairman of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the University of San Carlos.

Bersales reported the group’s findings in last Thursday’s lecture held at the Cebu Cathedral Museum that was also attended by Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal.

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