Petroglyphs - Oldest Art Form in the Philippines

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The Angono Petroglyphs (Filipino: Mga Petroglipo ng Angono) is the oldest known work of art in the Philippines located in the province of Rizal. There are 127 human and animal figures engraved on the rockwall probably carved during the late Neolithic.[1] These inscriptions clearly show stylized human figures, frogs and lizards, along with other designs that may have depicted other interesting figures but erosion may have caused it to become indistinguishable. The engravings are mostly symbolic representations and are associated with healing and sympathetic magic.[2]

The site has been declared by the National Museum of the Philippines as a National Cultural Treasure in 1973. It is also included in the list of the World Inventory of Rock Art in 1985 and historic sites of the World Monuments Watch and World Monuments Funds[3] and part of the Philippines\' tentative list of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From October to November 1965, archaeological excavations, headed by Alfredo Evangelista, was done on the area of the rock shelter.[5] Fragmented bits of earthenware, two pieces of obsidian flakes, two chert, flake stone tools, one stone core tool and polished stone adze with a blunted working edge were excavated in the rock shelter. The artifacts suggest that the site was used during the Neolithic age.[3]

Getting there:

If you are commuting from Shaw Blvd., take an Angono-bound jeep. Unfortunately, there is no public transportation that will bring you to the Petroglyphs site. Flag a tricycle and haggle the price for the transportation back and forth from Angono town to the petroglyps area. :)

blurbmoi says:
am so regretful that i never explored this place which was so close to my hometown. who would imagine all these treasures that were so accessible to me before.
great blog.
Posted on: Apr 02, 2013
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