Program Theme: Cultural/Historic Buildings and Sites
Program Year: 2010
Awarding Agency: Public Affairs Section, US Embassy in Manila
Partner: National Commission for Culture and Arts
Project Summary: The Project aimed to do a full documentation of the Tabon Cave Complex. The complex is composed of some 200 caves and rock shelters located in a limestone promontory coast of Western Palawan, which hold evidence that the first modern humans in the Philippines arrived during the Pleistocene era. The main cave, the Tabon Cave, is the site where possibly the oldest Homo sapiens fossil evidence in Southeast Asia in the form of a tibia fragment (dating to 47,000 +/- 11-10,000 years ago) has been found. Specifically, the project produced still photographs and video under the guidance of a professional archaeologist to update and complement the earlier documentation and studies done by the National Museum.
Citation: The Tabon Cave Complex is listed as a National Cultural Treasure in the Philippine Registry of Cultural Properties.