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COMING SOON: Diggin’ Dewil Valley

Placemaking and community archaeology in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Llenel de Castro
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152 pages, Illustrated throughout in black & white, and colour.
Sub-series name:
Contemporary and Historical Archaeology, 10
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Since 2004, the Dewil Valley in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines has been home to the Palawan Island Palaeohistory Research Project (PIPRP). Dewil is a landscape dotted with limestone towers, each of which has their own archaeological story to tell. Excavations at Ille Cave, the main archaeological site, have revealed a changing landscape and evidence of tigers in the Philippines, 9,000-year-old cremation burials, and a 300-year-old cemetery.

As the longest running archaeological research project in the Philippines, PIPRP has left its own mark on the valley. They have constructed a park with an exhibit hall and an access road. However, its biggest influence lies in a new generation of youth who interact with the landscape in a different way having grown up with the archaeological research project in their midst.
This book tells the archaeological research project's own heritage story.


Llenel de Castro is an archaeologist and National Geographic Explorer from the Philippines. She spends her time making heritage learning more accessible to the youth.