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Grave Findings: A Reclamation Project by Maria Taniguchi

May 24 to August 22, 2005

Curated by Joselina Cruz

Cultural and economic values are two different scales by which objects are claimed within an ordering system. Grave furniture tend to collapse these values once ensconced, but reappear once the earth finds itself disturbed. The extent of disturbance that an archaeological dig raises goes beyond the physical, leaving its mark on people and their histories. This exhibition concerned itself with the Calatagan Archaeological Project that began in the 1930s and increased its intensity and peaked in the 1950s and 1960s. These explorations have given us a clearer understanding of a Philippine pre-colonial period characterized by intense trade relations with China, Thailand, and Vietnam and a complex social system at work in these communities.


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