excavation of Dizon-1 site came at the heels of two previous excavations
executed in 1999 and 2001 (see De La Torre 1999, Dizon 2002). In
these previous excavations, it was confirmed that the general area
of the currenssst Dizon-1 site is within the general area reported
in the 1930s (Beyer 1947) and 1950s (Fox 1960a,b) of archaeological
deposits recovered in the Porac district. In the previous reports,
it was established that the area surely experienced ancient human
habitation as seen through an abundance of grave goods excavated
from the area of Hacienda Ramona and areas near Babo Balukbuk (Beyer
1947; Fox 1960b). It wasn’t clear though where exactly the
people buried in these cemeteries lived, and the characteristics
of their settlements.
two later studies managed to establish that at Babo Balukbuk, now
a dedicated agricultural field, there is strong indication of human
habitation. The results of the test excavations revealed the presence
of materials that supported the conclusion that the place was once
inhabited around the general period of 12th century to 17th century
the archaeobotanical surveys
work was done in Bakun, Bontok, in the Cordillera with the intention
of assessing the possibility for a future excavation directed towards
the uncovering of early settlements and rice terrace agriculture.
Unfortunately the survey was not promising and archaeobotanically,
only ethnographic observations were made of the rice planting cycle.
preliminary survey was done in Bataraza, Palawan, while a good rockshelter
site was located in the area, the archaeobotanical work was not
pursued until permits are obtained by this researcher from several
environmental and cultural protection organs working in Palawan.
work was extensively applied in the excavation of Dizon-1 site,
the analysis of the material is still on going.
the excavation at Babo Balukbuk, Porac
team was composed of 25 individuals from ASP staff and students,
KAPI (The newly formed archaeologists guild) members, National Museum
of the Philippines personnel , volunteers from the University and
from the general public. A team of 9 locals from Babo Pangulo provided
the much needed labour support for the excavation.