About the book:
Through the Ilocos Sur Archaeology Project (ISAP), we now know that Sapilang in Sinait Municipality is the ancient village of Calanutian in the epic Biag ni Lam-ang. The study has also revealed the close connection between the Bago indigenous group and neighboring Bontok, Kankanaey, Ibaloi and Tingguian/Itneg. Other revelations in the study are: the Danac burial tradition which makes use of hollowed out cylindrical wood containers for coffins; the ancient biray boat also called casco or virey and sampan by “boat people” from mainland Southeast Asia and Southern China.
The raw archaeological data analyzed in this book was the product of two seasons of surveys and excavations conducted in 2011 and 2012. Interesting data about Ilocos history has been unearthed after these field seasons. The regional survey conducted through the Ilocos Sur Archeology project (ISAP) accounts for three main geographical locales : mountain interiors, coastal plains and the Gran Abra river connecting the two. Huge swaths of Ilocos Sur are within the rugged Cordillera mountain range. This backbone of Luzon dips abruptly toward the West Philippine Sea, forming a spectacularly feature– the Banauang Gap, a stunning display of mountains and sea.
Publisher: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House
Publication Date: 2015
Size: 153 x 230mm
About the author:
Michael Armand Canilao is a graduate student in Anthropology at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He is primarily interested in archaeological and ethnohistorical studies of Northwest Luzon, Philippines between the 10th to the early 20th century. He was a Regenstein intern at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and was a research associate of the National Museum in Manila. His first book Of Gold, Spanish Conquistadors and Ibaloi Generational Memory was published by the Cordillera Studies Center, University of the Philippines, Baguio.