Potential prehistoric petroglyph site discovered in Visayas

The boulder with petroglyphs —PHOTOS BY EDGAR ALLAN M. SEMBRANO
Discovered in lots of components of the world, petroglyphs are thought of historical rock artwork that dates again hundreds of years and is related to cultural or non secular actions.
These carvings or engravings on rock surfaces give clues on how people lived at the moment, and an enigma which might be at instances laborious to decipher.
Within the Philippines, there are two identified historical petroglyph websites. These are the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs in Rizal Province and the Alab Petroglyphs in Bontoc, Mountain Province, each declared Nationwide Cultural Treasure by means of Presidential Decree No. 260 in 1973.
A worshipping picture
Additionally declared as such in the identical declaration is the Besao Agricultural Calendar in Besao, Mountain Province, however that is a lot youthful in comparison with the earlier two.
The Rizal website dates in all probability to the late Neolithic Interval (6,000 BC-2,000 BC), whereas that of Bontoc, carved on boulders on Information plateau, date to round 1,500 BC or later.
Often called the oldest murals within the nation, the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs, composed of anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures, had been engraved utilizing crude instruments, whereas these of Alab, about 200 geometrical drawings resembling feminine intercourse organs and related to fertility, had been made utilizing steel implements.
These petroglyphs, along with the petrograph (rock drawing or portray) websites within the nation, have been on the World Heritage Website Tentative Listing since 2006.
Stone instrument
The United Nations Academic, Scientific and Cultural Group (Unesco) notes that these “petroglyphs and petrographs are genuine, the websites being systematically excavated, documented and studied by the Nationwide Museum of the Philippines by a multidisciplinary staff of archaeologists, anthropologists, geologist, botanists and zoologists, and have been recorded amongst rock artwork registers.”
These are nominated below Unesco choice criterion iii, which states {that a} nominated property ought to “bear a novel or not less than distinctive testimony to a cultural custom or to a civilization which resides or which has disappeared.”
Landmark discovery
A brand new essential discovery, a website outdoors of Luzon, in one of many islands within the Visayas might simply be one other treasure of nationwide and even worldwide significance.
In 2008, rocks and boulders wanted to be cleared when a home was being constructed on a promontory overlooking the coastal plains and close by islands.Items of those rocks had been used for riprap and home decorations, with one massive piece transformed into the bottom of a glass buffet desk.
A part of the property the place the discoveries had been made
That one massive piece might have been a discovery of a lifetime, though unknown to the employees and the property proprietor.
“I acquired within the boulder, first due to its form, and I considered making it a base of a glass countertop, in impact chopping off its high portion,” mentioned the proprietor of the property, who requested to not be named.
“Then, I noticed later when the desk was already completed that there are carvings on the opposite facet of the boulder which had been positively artifical,” the proprietor added.
That discovery was made two years after the boulder was unearthed and transformed right into a desk, which stays its goal as of late.
Dawn amidst the clouds
Startling particulars
A current verify by this author on the petroglyphs reveal startling particulars which give potential clues on what the carved ensemble is all about, and the potential use of the world the place it was found.
Largely summary, the petroglyphs occupy one facet of the sandstone boulder measuring 26 inches in peak and 63 inches lengthy, with a thickness of 16 inches.
It has a central round determine which could possibly be interpreted because the solar surrounded by random strains.
An astonishing function is a picture on its left portion resembling an individual with fingers raised in direction of the path of the central determine.
The realm the place the stone instrument was discovered
Each discernible photos level to the concept of solar worship, or any rituals related to the solar. This concept is supported by the truth that the world presents a commanding view of the rising solar, foregrounded by the flat coastal areas and close by hills. Therefore, the place is sort of definitely an historical ritual or non secular website.
The standing picture might symbolize a babaylan or spirit medium performing a ritual. In historical Visayan society, a babaylan is both a male or feminine, and even these known as asog or transvestites. Historical Visayans had been additionally identified to worship the solar and the moon, significantly its new moon part.
One other discovery
The author (middle) exploring the rocky outcrop —CONTRIBUTED
The surprises didn’t finish there, as one other discovery was made lately inside the identical property. That discovery was a lithic, a potential stone instrument partly buried on the base of a rocky outcrop.
This artifact was first considered a portion of a burial jar or a part of a human cranium. This newest discovery, which may be theoretically dated to the Neolithic Interval, is a bit concave in form with the opposite facet resembling, more than likely, a phallus. It additionally has a naturally easy periphery, and sharp edges aside from the deal with.
It was in all probability utilized by a left-handed particular person with a depressed portion for the thumb.
Other than probably being a ritual website, the world is also a looking floor, the place the artifact was utilized both as a scraper for animal meat, to cut off fruits or greens, or to get the meat out of a fruit reminiscent of a coconut.
Topic to additional inspection and evaluation by consultants, the artifacts, each of that are unintended finds, are deliberate to be exhibited by the property proprietor inside a museum.
Other than these, a number of sandstone boulders unearthed contained in the property have fossils of shells, indicating the marine set-up of the world hundreds of years in the past. —Contributed INQAuthor’s word: The precise location and the identify of the property proprietor are purposely withheld pending additional scientific investigations. An archaeologist may even be checking the artifacts this month.