Traditional island Southeast Asian watercraft in Philippine archaeological sites

Dublin Core

Title

Traditional island Southeast Asian watercraft in Philippine archaeological sites

Subject

Session 4
The archaeological study of ships’ cargo, hull, and maritime infrastructure

Description

The seas of island South East Asia have long been an aid rather than a hindrance to movements within the region and among close neighbours. Many shared cultural traits show evidence of maritime connections within the region. As has been revealed by archaeology, historical accounts and ethnography, a boatbuilding tradition likewise emerged out of island Southeast Asia. At least three examples of such watercraft have been identified in Philippine archaeological sites, all of which predate Spanish colonization. While the remains of these sites were documented and recorded, little comprehensive research has so far been done from these sites to form a cohesive study on the ancient maritime culture in the Philippines and interactions with its Southeast Asian neighbours. This paper seeks to present the known examples of Southeast Asian boats in the archaeological record, ethnographic and regional parallels, and discuss the potential of future inquiries into revealing more of the Philippines’ maritime past.

Creator

Ligaya S.P. Lacsina

Date

November 2011

Files

Citation

Ligaya S.P. Lacsina, “Traditional island Southeast Asian watercraft in Philippine archaeological sites,” The MUA Collection, accessed March 22, 2017, http://www.themua.org/collections/items/show/1231.

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