The year long project had the objective of surveying
the potential for archaeobotanical sampling and reference collection
building from three areas: Pampanga, the Cordillera, and Palawan.
The project also had the objective of implementing a full scale
excavation with the following objectives:
beyond doubt that the habitation site at Babo Balukbuk was a settlement,
with the help of current excavation methodology, and an archaeobotanical
- Establish and clarify the cultural periodization of previously
known cultural deposits in the site.
- Improve the accuracy of the time depth estimate of the site.
- Apply and test a suite of current excavation methods.
- Establish if there are cultural deposits beyond the known cultural