Neolithic Shell Midden Sites
Neolithic Shell Midden Sites in Lal-lo and Gattaran Municipalities is part of the Tentative list of Philippines in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
The Neolithic Shell Midden Sites in Lal-lo and Gattaran provides important archaeological evidence on gastronomic activities and food resources of early Southeast Asia. The middens are predominantly from freshwater clams, Batissa childreni, and located along the banks of Cagayan River and nearby hilltops. They are dated to up to 2000 BC and found along with the middens are stone implements, bones, teeth, and designed pottery.
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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
Several shell middens dot the banks of the Cagayan river. Between the two towns, Lal-lo is more interesting as it was the site of one of the four earliest cities in the Philippines, Ciudad de Nueva Segovia; its decline and demise, however, started with the transfer of the Diocese of Nueva Segovia to Vigan, an already WHS. These ancient garbages tell us more than the diet that early inhabitants in this area had. It also illustrates the material culture and lifestyles that they had through bones, beads, shards, among others, found together with the middens. Despite the sites' archaeological importance in the region, they still clearly struggle in being relevant and meaningful to travelers and even to the people living in the areas themselves.
Read more from Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero here.
2006 Added to Tentative List
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