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Ang Kasaysayan ng Sinaunang Pilipinas — part 3
The archipelago is believed by some historians as the island of Chryse, the “Golden One,” which is the the name given by ancient Greek writers in reference to an island rich in gold east of India. Pomponius Mela, Marinos of Tyre and the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea mentioned this island in 100 BC, and it is basically the equivalent to the Indian Suvarnadvipa, the “Island of Gold.” Josephus calls it in Latin Aurea, and equates the island with biblical Ophir, from where the ships of Tyre and Solomon brought back gold and other trade items. The Visayan Islands, particularly Cebu had earlier encounter with the Greek traders in 21 AD.
Ang Kasaysayan ng Sinaunang Pilipinas — part 2
About 30,000 years ago, a new wave of people called Negritos have reached the Philippines from the more northerly abodes in Central Asia passing through the Indian Subcontinent and reaching the Andamanese Islands. From thereon, the Negritos continued to venture on land bridges reaching Southeast Asia. While some of the Negritos settled in Malaysia, becoming what is now the Orang Asli people, several Negrito tribes continued on to the Philippines through Borneo. They had a Paleolithic culture. They live a nomadic lifestyle, roaming the forests and living in crude dwellings consisting of leaves and sticks. But they were skillfully adept in using the bow and arrow as a primary defense weapon. They also gathered wild plants for consumption.
Ang Kasaysayan ng Sinaunang Pilipinas — part 1
Dr. H. Otley Beyer, the founder of the University of the Philippines’ Department of Anthropology has theorized that the Philippine islands were inhabited various waves of people starting with the “Dawn Man” (much like the Peking or Java Man) of about 250,000 years ago, followed by the Negritos of about 25,000 and 30,000 years ago via land bridges, then the sea-faring tool-using Indonesians that arrived between 5,000 and 6,000 years ago, and the more “civilized” Malays that brought Iron Age technology.