Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Neolithic Angono Petroglyphs, Rizal

It's a shame that I myself as a Lecturer of History only visited this site early this year of 2012. I teach Anthropology too as a major subject, I even have a modest collection of books related to Archaeology and that Oscar-winning movie entitled Quest for Fire, I show to my students every time I touch the subject on the Stone Ages.

A Filipino student of History, Sociology or Anthropology doesn't have to spend much to see the sites of Africa or the great museums of London and Europe just to see a spectacular site, or to witness some stone or cave carvings. We have it right here in the Philippines!

The site was discovered by no less than the pioneer UST College of Architecture and Fine Arts Professor and National Artist for Painting, Carlos "Botong"  Francisco in 1969.

The Angono Petroglyphs is reputed to be the oldest known work of art in the Philippines. On the rockwall, you can find 127 human and animal figures dating back to 3000 B.C. The use of radiocarbon dating among the stones and flints recovered in the area, led to the idea and comparison with the period of existence of the wall carvings.

To properly acknowledge the location, these petroglyphs sits along the boundaries of Angono, Binangonan and Antipolo, Rizal. It's only a few minutes away from the Antipolo Church via the Thunderbird Resort and Casino.

Visiting the site with your good friends will double the fun and excitement upon seeing this place, the same way I did.

In 1973, it was declared as a National Cultural Treasure by the Philippine government.

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