Caves of Tabon

Palawan


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Location: Lipuun Point, Quezon. 30-minute banca ride from the town of Quezon. 155km from Puerto Princesa City.
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History

1962 discovered by Dr. Robert Fox and his team from the National Museum, start of excavations.
1970 excavations ended.
1972 declared a Museum Reservation Site by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 996.
2012 declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines.

Description

Tabon Caves are famous for the skull cap of the Tabon man, which is 22,000 years old, and a femur bone that is 47,000 years old. The cave was discovered by Dr. Robert Fox in 1962 who subsequently excavated it with his team from the National Museum. It is said to be half a million years old, and have been inhabited for almost 50,000 years. This site is where the earliest evidence of man in the Philippines was discovered.

Another famous discovery from the cave is the Manunggul Jar, a burial jar. It is a National Treasure and featured in the 1,000 peso bill.

The Tabon cave complex consists of 29 explored caves, but there are 200 caves known on Lipuun Point. They are maintained and managed by the National Museum. One of the caves is open to the public.