16th-century artifacts found in Boljoon, Cebu

Posted at 04/17/2008 6:02 PM


Archaeologists have unearthed at least 26 human remains and 16th-century artifacts in the southern town of Boljoon, Cebu, ABS-CBN Regional Network Group reported Thursday.

The artifacts and remains were uncovered at the front lawn of Boljoon Church.

Archaeologists were reportedly puzzled after finding one of the human remains with two plates made of china placed on top of its head, ABS-CBN Cebu's Rico Lucena reported.

Usually, only one plate is placed on the head of similar remains, scientists said.

The group said additional tests will be conducted on the remains because this was the first time they encountered such type of burial.

A gold earring was also recovered from one of the remains. The owner of the earring was believed to be male.

Based on a book on gold jewelry published by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the earring was made during the 16th century.

Researchers from Guam are scheduled to visit the archaeological site next week, and the researchers are hoping the visitors would be able to assist in funding for further research on the matter.