CAMALIGAN, Camarines Sur—Shards of burial jars found in an ancient graveyard in this town are about 1,500 years old, according to a team of archaeologists.“It is confirmed that there are pre-Hispanic deposits. The shell midden (heap) is definitely hundreds of years before the Spanish arrival,” said Dr. Stephen Acabado, lead archaeologist and professor at Cotsen Institute of Archaeology of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
“We hypothesize that Camaligan would be dated to at least 1,500 years ago based on the type of burial jars documented in the town,” Acabado said in an e-mail to the Inquirer. He said that the layers where these burials were recovered “do not have stoneware, porcelain, and stone and glass beads, which suggest that they predate trade and interaction with foreign traders.”
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