Cave sites in Northeastern Luzon, Philippines : a preliminary soil micromorphological study

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Title: Cave sites in Northeastern Luzon, Philippines : a preliminary soil micromorphological study
Authors: Mijares, Armand Salvador B.
Lewis, Helen
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Date: 2009
Abstract: Soil micromorphology was among the approaches used to explore site formation in two cave sites in northern Luzon: Eme and Dalan Serkot Caves. Interplay of biogenic, sedimentary, and anthropogenic processes worked and reworked the archaeological sediments at both sites. Eme Cave was found to be highly bioturbated by faunal activities and shrink-swell processes, and caution is needed in interpreting its archaeological contexts. However, thin section study revealed wood ash and possible burnt soil fragments, along with charcoal, attesting to later prehistoric burning activity at the site at some time. In Dalan Serkot Cave, along with standard cave sediments a volcanic ash deposit was identified, apparently deposited before 6200 b.p., that must have affected local communities, and that could be used as a stratigraphic marker for future research in the area.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Journal: Asian Perspectives
Volume: 48
Issue: 1
Start page: 98
End page: 118
Copyright (published version): 2009 University of Hawai‘i Press
Keywords: PhilippinesSoil micromorphologyGeoarchaeologyNorthern LuzonCave sitesPalaeolithicNeolithic
Subject LCSH: Soil micromorphology
Cave dwellings--Philippines--Luzon
Luzon (Philippines)--Antiquities
Neolithic period--Philippines--Luzon
Paleolithic period--Philippines--Luzon
Archaeological geology
DOI: 10.1353/asi.0.0010
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Archaeology Research Collection

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