I received an email from Ateneo about an upcoming talk taking place this Friday that readers of  the site may find interesting!“Mythology meets Archaeology: The Old Kiyyangan Village of Ifugao.” Here’s the information:

Mythology meets Archaeology: The Old Kiyyangan Village of Ifugao, lecture by Stephen Acabado on July 27, 430 pm, Ateneo Press bookshop

In the Tuwali-Ifugao origin myth, as well as in the traditional chants the *Baltong* and the *Alim*, Kiyyangan is mentioned as the first Ifugao village.  Even though there are several versions of this origin myth, they all agree that Kiyyangan was the locale where Bugan and Wigan settled and raised the forebears of the Ifugao.

In the 2012 Field Season of the Ifugao Archaeological Project, excavations at the *Old Kiyyangan Village* provided an opportunity to look at early Ifugao village life.  Artifacts recovered suggest a thriving community actively hunting deer and probably cultivating rice, taro, and possibly sweet potato (currently believed to be a crop introduced by the Spanish). The team was also able to get a glimpse into their ritual life, with several pots providing information on their offerings to the spirit world.

The community-led excavation, in partnership with the Ifugao Archaeological Project, Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement, Inc., National Museum of the Philippines, Kiangan LGU, Archaeological Studies Program, Ifugao State University, and the University of Guam, marks the first intensive documentation of an early Ifugao settlement. Community involvement in this type of activity is very important since it has a direct mpact on heritage management and conservation.

Information obtained would help provide educational materials in discussing Ifugao history and culture.

Dr. Acabado’s lecture provides an overview of the investigations and hopes to shed light on the origins of rice cultivation and terracing tradition in Ifugao. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of the Philippines, and his MA and PhD, also in Anthropology, from the University of Hawai’i. He was Visiting Lecturer at the Ateneo Department of Sociology-Anthropology in 2003-2004, and now teaches at the University of Guam. His research and excavation activities have taken him to various sites in Cebu, Saipan, Southern Cambodia, and Thailand among other places.

Dr. Acabado’s talk begins the University Press’s Occasional Lecture series, and is supported by the Ateneo’s Department of Sociology-Anthropology. It will be held at the Press bookshop in Bellarmine Hall, Ateneo campus. Admission is free.

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