Arku Cave

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Arku Cave is a prehistoric limestone cave located at the foothills of Sierra Madre in Peñablanca in Cagayan Valley. The cave forms part of the Callao limestone formation.

Arku Cave was used as a burial site from 2200 to 50 B.C.E. In a survey of the area conducted from November 1976 to February 1977, researchers from the National Museum found the remains of approximately 57 people, together with pottery, spindle whorls, jade earrings, barkcloth beater, bone tools, and other artifacts. The objects pointed to a widespread belief in the afterlife among the early inhabitants of the locality; the valuable things were placed in burial sites so that the deceased could utilize them in their next lives.




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