FPRDI’s wood ID assists archaeologists

For 54 years now, FPRDI - thru its wood identification service – has been helping both local and foreign archaeologists in establishing the identity of wood specimens recovered from their study sites.

Explains wood anatomist Dr. Ramiro P. Escobin, “Our clients are mostly researchers from the National Museum and the University of the Philippines Archaeological Studies Program who bring to us for identification either charred, desiccated or waterlogged wooden artifacts.”

He relates, “The oldest wood specimen I have examined was an 800,000-year-old sample from Cagayan Valley submitted by a French researcher, while the most recent were the remains of a Spanish galleon ship.”