Geographic Information Systems Analysis of the Palaeohistory of the Laguna de Bay Basin, Luzon, Philippines


Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Grants to Individuals in East and Southeast Asian Archaeology and Early History Study and Research Fellowships (East and Southeast Asia)


Archaeological Studies Program


the USA


This project uses spatial and temporal distribution of archaeological and palaeoenvironmental data to reconstruct the palaeohistory of the Laguna de Bay Basin in Luzon island, Philippines. Previous archaeological research done in the area reveals that the basin has a long history of human occupation extending as far back as the Palaeolithic. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are the main tool in data gathering and analysis. In addition, the examination of the Philippine archaeological collection housed in the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology (UMMA) contributes to the existing geodatabase for analysis. The study results in a synthesis of archaeological, geological, and climatological data for the region. Training, laboratory work, and collaboration is undertaken at Northern Illinois University under the supervision of Dr.Mark Mehrer. The experience and training gained in the United States contributes to the advancement of GIS in the practice of archaeology in the Philippines.