Rare Carnelian bead, Chinese artifacts found in Aklan
Rosalinda L. Orosa (The Philippine Star) - September 16, 2014 - 8:00pm

KALIBO, Philippines (Xinhua) - A rare Carnelian bead and Chinese artifacts, possibly dating back to the Ming Dynasty, were found by local archaeologists in Aklan.

Archaeologists from the National Museum of the Philippines said today that they have also discovered decorated earthenware, glass beads and human teeth in two caves located in Tigayon village in this town.

The National Museum excavated the caves of Tigayon Hill for four days after getting information that it is a treasure trove of cultural and archaeological artifacts.

Giovanni Bautista, a researcher at the National Museum, said the Carnelian bead is a semi-precious gem stone that is used as jewelry in some parts of the world.

The rare bead is trapezoid-shaped and is said to date back to the 16th century.

"What puzzles us is why a Cornelian bead was found at the caves here. The Chinese traders may have brought it here. Since we have seen only one piece, we believe there are more of these gems in the caves," said Bautista, adding that it was their "most important and interesting find."

He said he would recommend to the National Museum to conduct more diggings in other caves in Tigayon Hill.

Archaeologists noted that the first cave where they conducted excavation was a burial site while the second one appeared to have served as a place for making ceramics.  




 

AKLAN BAUTISTA BEAD CAVES GIOVANNI BAUTISTA MING DYNASTY NATIONAL MUSEUM NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES TIGAYON TIGAYON HILL XINHUA
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