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DOST’s wood ID service helps us learn how ancestors lived PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rizalina K. Araral, S&T Media Service, DOST-FPRDI   
Saturday, 02 May 2015 15:44

For 54 years now, DOST’s Forest Products Research and Development Institute (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.”

“We always couple the results of our identification with the field notes gathered by our clients to get a more accurate picture about how our ancestors lived.”

“For instance, we had identified a fuel wood species (Rhizophora) that, according to our client’s notes, were found inside a cave, and a species (Aquilaria) found near a temple which yields a resin used for making incense, and a construction species (Intsia) which was excavated from a known settlement area.”

“All these suggest that our ancestors knew how to make use of the diverse plant resources in their environment to satisfy their day-to-day needs,” Dr. Escobin concludes.

As the study of the material culture left behind by past societies, especially pre-historic ones, archaeology helps people understand how their ancestors lived and why their cultures changed#wood #dostPH

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 May 2015 15:49
DOST steps up library’s S&T content to spur quality education PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joy M. Lazcano   
Thursday, 30 April 2015 10:35

Lucena City- A scholar named Lebowitz once said that the library plays a big role in the quality of education or in the development of lifelong learning skills. This is echoed by Quezon-based librarians who believe that the  quality of library contents could have effects on the quality of education.

Thus the Quezon Provincial Library (QPL) and the Librarians Association of Quezon Province-Lucena, Inc. partnered with the Department of Science and Technology through the Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII) in bringing to Quezon province the country’s first digital library called the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station or STARBOOKS.

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