Angono Petroglyphs (photo: Wikipedia).The oldest known works of art from Philippines prehistory are the Angono petroglyphs. The Angono petroglyphs are located on the island of Luzon in Rizal province.

Photo: Angono Petroglyphs (Creative Commons: Wikipedia).

What do the Angono Petroglyphs Communicate?

The artwork from Philippines prehistory have been dated back to 3000 BC. The Angono petroglyphs are engravings of people and animals on a rock wall. This early form of art communicates something about life during the New Stone Age.

The artwork from Philippines prehistory have been declared a national cultural treasure. The rock wall is composed of volcanic tuff. In addition to the petroglyphs, archaeologists have discovered earthenware and obsidian flakes at the site.

What Are Petroglyphs?

A petroglyph is an engraving in a rock face. They can be found all over the world and represent the work of prehistoric peoples. Many date back to the Neolithic (New Stone Age) period. The Neolithic period covered the period from about 10,000 BC to 2,000 BC. The Angono petroglyphs date from the latest part of the Neolithic period. During the Neolithic period humans began to use domesticated plants and animals.

A petroglyph is different from a petrograph. Petrographs are drawings or paintings on a rock face. Some petroglyphs are thought to be a form of communication. They may be maps or even an early form of writing. Petroglyphs may also have an important cultural and religious significance to early cultures.

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