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ANGONO PETROGLYPHS

ANGONO PETROGLYPHS
Angono, Rizal, Philippines
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BACKGROUND

Discovered in 1965, the Angono Petroglyphs are believed to be the oldest known artworks in the Philippines. Dating to the third millennium B.C., they are a collection of 127 figural carvings engraved on the wall of a shallow cave of volcanic tuff. In 1973, they were declared a National Cultural Treasure, and in 1985 were listed on the World Inventory of Rock Art.

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HOW WE HELPED

After inclusion on the 1996 World Monuments Watch, the Angono Petroglyphs caves were cleared of invasive vegetation. A drainage system was installed to prevent accumulation of water during heavy rain, and a caretaker was assigned to protect the site from vandals. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The petroglyphs of Angono are among the oldest surviving examples of rock engravings in Asia and are believed to be the oldest in the Philippines. Archaeological excavations of the site have yielded fragments of earthenware and obsidian flakes, which suggest the cave may have first been used sometime during the Neolithic period. (...)