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Duyong Shell Adze
P-I-PBP-356
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Used as an implement during the Neolithic Period of the Philippines, the shell adze could be the prototype of shell adzes found in the Pacific.

History of the Object
Manufactured from the hinge line of a giant clam (Tridacna gigas), the shell adze was found associated with a Neolithic burial assemblage in Duyong Cave, Quezon, Palawan. This shell tool is similar to the shell adzes recovered in Okinawa, Japan. Shells were used as tools in the Pacific as a replacement for hard stones which were not available on the islands. The presence of shell adzes not only in Palawan but also in Tawi-Tawi is very significant in the study of movements of poeple from the insular Southeast Asia to the Pacific. The Duyong Shell adze is on display at the Neolithic Culture Case, Pinagmulan Gallery, 3rd floor, Museum of the Filipino People.

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Type
Archaeological 
Materials
Shell 
Measurements
Width 6.8 cm Height thickness - 4.8 cm; weight - 1.184 cm Length 27.5 cm  
Creator name
Neolithic Man in Quezon, Palawan 
Creator date
Neolithic Period 
Where it was made
Philippines; Region IV; Palawan; Quezon 
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
BCE 25th century ~ BCE 25th century 
Creation date
BC; Neolithic Period - 4,630 + 250 BP or 2,680 years ago 
Function
implement 
Acquisition
Systematicaly recovered in 1962 by archaeologists from the National Museum, led by Dr. Robert Fox, former anthropologist of the NM. The object entered the NM collection in 1962. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum 
Museum
National Museum of the Philippines 
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