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Tourist finds elephants in cave

Posted 06-01-2015 at 06:02 AM by pbmaise

An American tourist claims he discoverd a pair of elephants on Palawan.

Sailor Philip Maise has an unusual hobby. He uses his yacht, the world's largest traditionally rigged sailing paraw, to sail along the coast lines of the Philippines and searches for places to explore.

Maise is also from Hawaii and lives on the slopes of an actively errupting volcano.

"I believe it is my three passions of history, sailing, and volcanology that enable me to see what so many have failed to see. The elephants I consider to be a minor discovery compared to other ones here in the Philippines.

I was looking for them and expected they would be exactly where I looked"

Maise looked in the Tabon Caves on Palawan. To get to Palawan, elephants simply had to walk. Elephants are still living on neighboring Borneo Island. During the ice ages they were connected by a land bridge.

Maise claims "that the two upper large rounded shapes are full size elephant sculptures. They were likely built to guard the entrance and scare away grave robbers.
A third smaller shape to the right appears to be the head of a calf."


Other lime sculptutes were built by ancient man.
The British Museum displays lime plaster statues dated to about 7200 BC from 'Ain Ghazal, Jordan.

The Jordanian ancients used ground dioptase crystals to provide color to the lime stone mix. Maise contends turmalene volcanic crystals were employed in the Philippines.

The elephant to the right appears to be adorned with an elaborate feathered headress. Portaits of ancients that were likely buried in the cave are on the flank.

Maise believes one of the best indications these were indeed sculptures is a line of white chip marks that appear horizontally on the right sculpture. It appears someone was chipping away at it with a crude chisel."

Maise is currently back on Palawan with his yacht and crew. He is preparing for a third exploration of an area he has not yet made public.
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