I know you guys are skeptical however had great meeting with Palawan Provincial Government
today. They asked me to incorporate findings into a prior UNESCO site application for the Tabon caves to the North. I can now release those photos to you and letter to UNESCO.
Subject: Tentative UNESCO Site:
The Tabon Cave Complex and all of Lipuun
National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)
State, Province or Region:
Coordinates: N 8-10 E 116-118
The above referenced site was first submitted to UNESCO in June 2006. It is still on the nomination list almost 8 years later. Please accept the following letter and photographs as supporting evidence to immediately declare this site a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site.
In particular I wish to speak of this site in relationship to Selection Criteria
(i) “to represent a masterpiece of human creative genius”.
The basis of my submission to UNESCO is the finding of masterpieces of creative cave paintings and sculptures that are perhaps the finest of all ancient man.
Background: My name is Philip Maise. I travel the world looking for evidence of ancient man. I first visited the site in March 2013. I took many photographs of cave walls that didn’t appear 100% natural. From these photos, I identified the elephant sculptures and very high quality cave paintings. In May 2014 I returned to the site to alert National Museum staff and take additional photographs. Since I seem to be the first person to specifically be looking for cave artwork,
Note: I wish to commend the Philippine National Museum for the caution they have been taking when allowing tourists to visit these caves. I highly encourage the staff to continue to watch the site with care since cave paintings in Sarawak Malaysia
have been vandalized. Further, I recommend that the handrails that are rusting away be immediately replaced. This is a problem site that needs attention!
The photographs are attachments to this document.
Photographs No. 1 and No.2 show that ancient man carved a very large carved skull into the Tabon cave complex cliff face. This skull is complete with both eye sockets and teeth.
Photographs No. 3 and No. 4 are clearly the bodies of two large elephants that have been either carved from existing cave walls, or added to the walls as an application. The addition to the walls is believed more likely and that the material will prove to be an ancient form of cement. Significantly, these elephants are found in the cave of the complex where researches found the highest quality burial jars. Up until now most have assumed the cave walls were greenish owing to moss and molds. However, it is suspected that the green color comes from ground tourmaline crystals I found locally.
The elephants themselves clearly suffered damage over the years and only the main bodies survive. However, the body of one of the elephants contains a detailed mural with 5 or more human figures. These figures are all featured in profile view with headdress. Up to 5 elephants ringed the cave entrance. It is quite likely the murals are of people that were buried in the jars. Considered in total, the original effect must have been a masterpiece. It is still stunning when you know what you are looking at.
I travel to/from Palawan and the Philippines
aboard my sailing vessel. This allows me to carefully scan the shore line and look for other possible manmade structures. There is potentially a second site that should be incorporated into the original application or submitted separately.
In brief, that site is located roughly 33 nautical miles to the South East at 08-43 N and 117-20 E. That site appears to have been a very large temple compound. Photograph No. 5-9 are examples of the highly detailed stone work that led me to conclude the site is not natural. Specifically notice in the photograph that there is dirt behind the stones. Had the stones been part of a natural stone cliff, one would expect to find more stone behind. However, it appears the stone walls are constructed more like large retaining walls. One photo
clearly shows a turtle eating squid. Another is of a large wall.
I also found additional stone like retaining walls at sites 07-60 N and 117-4 E. These are on the Island of Balabac the Philippines in an ancient port town the Province of Palawan.
Both man and nature are actively damaging the walls and structures. Men
have apparently been trying to explore 3 of the sites for gold. Further, trees roots have been growing in the soil behind the walls. When the trees come down, large sections of the walls have been coming down with them.
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