By Jocelyn B. Gerra
The island of Cebu, situated in critical Philippines, seemed in Western files essentially as a result of occasions in international historical past. First, whilst Ferdinand Magellan's fleet lower back to Seville in 1522 after circumnavigating the area. Cebu arose for the second one time in background as a result discovery of the go back course during the Pacific forty four years after Magellan. except those occasions in maritime historical past, Cebu performed an important function in interisland buying and selling in the course of the pre-Hispanic interval. The Spanish chroniclers observed a truly shiny middle of alternate. the products traded by means of the chinese language comprise porcelain, gold, slaves and foodstuff offers. it may be inferred that via chinese language investors the neighborhood pandays (blacksmiths) acquired carry of iron that they used for other kinds of instruments. within the archaeological websites exposed within the old district of Cebu, a lot fabric has been discovered that wishes extra examine and interpretation. This e-book investigates, to illustrate, chanced on items of a blacksmith's store.
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2 The People In 1521, a small fleet arrive at the coast of Cebu headed by Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese sailor who offered his services to the King of Spain, King Phillip II. This is where the Philippines got its name given by Magellan in honour of the king of Spain. His was welcomed to the shorts of Cebu by Humabon, the local chief of the barangay or community in what is today Cebu City. It must have been a warm welcome because Magellan was even allowed to plant the first Cross ever to stand on this side of the Pacific, sowing the seeds of Christianity and marked the start of Spanish colonization in the Philippines which was to last for 400 years.
The workplace includes the following inventory of movable structures: a low wooden bench, a table where the vise grip is mounted, a slab of wood used as a chopping block, metal saw, pesao, hudhud, and wood drill (Figures 28 + 29). The low wooden bench has a small rectangular wood block nailed toward one end, at the spot where the base (legs) of the bench is attached. This functions as a “stopper” (the blacksmith’s term) to prevent sliding of the tool as it is shaped by the worker. The pesao and hudhud are used here to trim and give final shape to the handle or case.
The Carcar Limestone based on its topographic position indicates a major uplift of the island since the Pleistocene22. In geological time this is considered as the as the most recent formation. The oldest dated sediment in Cebu is the Tuburan Limestone of the Early Cretaceous23. The geological information24 at hand will show that although Cebu has some ore resources such as Copper, Gold, Silver and Iron, these can only be harnessed with modern mining technology. This data has also a big impact on the livelihood of the people.
An Ethnoarchaeological Study of the Blacksmithing Technology in Cebu Island, Philippines by Jocelyn B. Gerra