Curator’s Talk

Date: May 18, 2022

FREE WEBINAR. Who’s up for a review on the archaeological studies in the Eastern Northern Mindanao, specifically in #Butuan?

In celebration of the International Museum Day (May 18) and National Heritage Month (May), your #NationalMuseumPH brings you “Curators’ Talk: The Beads, Boats, and Bowls of Butuan”, a free webinar on May 18, 2022, Wednesday, at 9am-12nn via Zoom and Facebook Live.

This is a three (3)-hour webinar to discuss and highlight the national archaeological collections excavated from Butuan and currently on display and are being conserved at the NMP-ENM and the National Museum of #Anthropology.

Resource persons shall be experts from the Archaeology Division to discuss the following topics: Overview and Updates of the Butuan Archaeological Project; Ceramic Collections from Butuan; and Lawson Heritage and Preservation. After the lectures, a question-and-answer portion shall follow.

Just fit for the #NHM2022 theme which says, “PAMANANG LOKAL: Binhi ng Kulturang Pilipino”, this activity aims at highlighting the importance of preserving and promoting local heritage within the community and its impact on shaping the Philippine cultural identity.

It is also aimed that through this event, we shall be able to generate the interest of educators and learners for further archaeological studies and research in the region.

The vicinity of Butuan, where the Regional Museum is located, has been recognized as an Archaeological Site by Presidential Proclamation 86 of President Corazon Aquino. Said proclamation declared the Balangay a National Cultural Treasure. Since then, Butuan became famous to contemporary society with the discovery of the first plank-built edge-pegged boat in the early 70s. In earlier times, around the 10th century or thereabouts, Butuan was already famous for other places in Southeast Asia and China for participating in the Southeast Asian Maritime Trading. Involvement can be traced to the nine (9) boats identified then, the thousands of ceramic pieces and other artifacts recovered, and ecofacts.

The webinar will give further understanding of the maritime involvement of ButuanCity, its artifacts, and ecofacts that were recovered in association with boat-building, trade,and habitation. In partnership with the NMP Archaeology Division, the NMP-ENM targets to bring this online event to the history and social sciences educators and students in the region and in Mindanao.

Should you want to learn more about these, join us and pre-register through this link:

We look forward to your active participation!