4000 Years of Migration and Cultural Exchange

4000 Years of Migration and Cultural Exchange

The Archaeology of the Batanes Islands, Northern Philippines

Edited by: Peter Bellwood orcid, Eusebio Dizon

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The project reported on in this monograph has been concerned with the archaeology of the Batanes Islands, an archipelago that must have been settled quite early in the process of Austronesian dispersal from Taiwan southwards into the Philippines. A multi-phase archaeological sequence covering the past 4000 years for the islands of Itbayat, Batan, Sabtang and Siayan is presented, extending from the Neolithic to the final phase of Batanes prehistory, just prior to the late 17th century arrivals of foreign navigators such as Jirobei (Japan) and William Dampier (England), followed by the first Spanish missionaries. So far, no traces of preceramic settlement have been found in Batanes, but the archaeological sequence there from the Neolithic onwards, like that in the Cagayan Valley in northern Luzon, is now one of the best-established in the Philippines.


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Dec 2013
Terra Australis 40
ANU Press
Terra Australis
Arts & Humanities: Archaeology
Southeast Asia: Philippines

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  1. The Batanes Islands, Their First Observers, and Previous Archaeology (PDF, 182KB)Peter Bellwood and Eusebio Dizon doi
  2. Archaeological Excavations on Itbayat and Siayan Islands (PDF, 2.4MB)Peter Bellwood, Eusebio Dizon and Armand Mijares doi
  3. Archaeological Excavations on Batan Island  (PDF, 1.1MB)Peter Bellwood, Atholl Anderson and Eusebio Dizon doi
  4. Archaeological Investigations at Savidug, Sabtang Island (PDF, 2.5MB)Peter Bellwood and Eusebio Dizon doi
  5. The Chronology of Batanes Prehistory (PDF, 343KB)Peter Bellwood and Eusebio Dizon doi
  6. The Batanes Pottery Sequence, 2500 BC to Recent (PDF, 2.7MB)Peter Bellwood, Eusebio Dizon and Alexandra De Leon doi
  7. The Spinning Tools from Sunget, Anaro and Savidug (PDF, 486KB)Judith Cameron doi
  8. Other Portable Artefacts from the Batanes Sites (PDF, 3.9MB)Peter Bellwood and Eusebio Dizon doi
  9. The Batanes Nephrite Artefacts (PDF, 3.0MB)Hsiao-chun Hung and Yoshiyuki Iizuka doi
  10. The Terrestrial Vertebrate Remains (PDF, 1.1MB) Philip J. Piper, Noel Amano Jr., Shawna Hsiu-Ying Yang and Terry O’Connor doi
  11. Ichthyoarchaeological Investigation of Neolithic to Recent Fishing Practices in the Batanes Islands (PDF, 1.3MB)Fredeliza Campos doi
  12. Shell Midden from the Batanes Excavations (PDF, 2.1MB)Katherine Szabó, Shawna Hsiu-Ying Yang, Timothy Vitales and Brent Koppel doi
  13. The Batanes Islands and the Prehistory of Island Southeast Asia (PDF, 152KB)Peter Bellwood and Eusebio Dizon doi

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