During the past ten years, our knowledge of Paleolithic industries in the Philippines has grown thanks to new excavations and discoveries of stone implements, but also thanks to new studies on older collections. The study of knapped stones in the Philippines dates back to the 1920s. At this time, stone tools were used as type fossils to propose an initial chronology of prehistoric cultures. Later, taxonomies and functional analyses were used to assess lithic assemblages until the end of the 1990s. Current functional technology and traceological methods allow us to propose new hypotheses about prehistoric behavior during the Pleistocene, and also technological developments across the archipelago during the Paleolithic.
Philippines, Lithic industries, Pleistocene