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Lal-lo and Gattaran Shell Middens

The Lal-lo and Gattaran Shell Middens are located along the banks of the Cagayan River, Cagayan Province, The Philippines.

Site description

Roughly 500 km northeast of Manila, various shell middens can be found that consist of shells of the predominant species Batissa childreni in highest abundance.[1] The middens are of various sizes and ages with the oldest being carbon dated to 2000 BC and youngest to 100 AD.[1] They reside on nearby hilltops and also on the immediate banks of the Cagayan River.

Near many of the middens have been found stone implements, bones, teeth, and intricately designed pottery[1]

World Heritage Status

This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on May 16, 2006 in the Cultural category.[1]



Neolithic Shell Midden Sites in Lal-lo and Gattaran Municipalities - UNESCO World Heritage Centre Accessed 2009-03-03.

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