The town of Alubijid located some 25 kilometers west of Cagayan de Oro City could probably provide some answers as to the way of life of the first settlers in the province. This after archaeologists from the University of the Philippines confirmed the discovery of ancient artifacts which date back to 3,000 BC on a hill overlooking the town proper and the national highway.
In an article from Rappler.com, a dozen archaeologists and students of the UP Archaeological Studies Program led by Leee Anthony Neri discovered the said artifacts in a site called Calumat. Among the discovery are obsidian stones which were used as tools during the Neolithic period. Read more details in the link below.
By the way, here’s a map as to the location of the archaeological site as per info provided by Tristan Lindsey Kaamiño Ares. If you’re traveling from Cagayan de Oro, it’s the hill on the left after the rice fields and the curve before the town proper. By the way, there will be an exhibit at the site on Friday per info gathered.
Meanwhile, below are some photos of the site (with permission from Tristan Lindsey Kaamiño Ares).
Here’s a group photo of the archaeologists.
This is not the first time an archaeological study was conducted in Alubijid. In 2014, we posted about the initial archaeological study also by Leee Neri of a Spanish kiln site also in the same town. Read it below.
With the discovery, both the municipal and provincial government should work together for the preservation of this historical and cultural site. This could even be promoted as a tourism site (museum or exhibit) in the future.