Alfredo E. Evangelista

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Alfredo E. Evangelista (1926 – October 18, 2008) was a Filipino archeologist.[1]


Evangelista obtained his Master's degree in anthropology in 1959 from the University of Chicago under the Fulbright Program.[1] He joined the National Museum of the Philippines following his graduation from Chicago.[1]

Many of Evangelista's discoveries are regarded as some of the most important archeological finds in the history of the Philippines. His finds included the oldest known primary burial site in the Philippines. The human remains found by Evangelista as the Duyong Cave on the island of Palawan are approximately 5,580 years old.[1]

Evangelista also uncovered the Laguna Copper Plate, which is considered to be the earliest known legal document in the Philippines.[1] Another of Evangelista's important finds was discovered inside of a some boat burial coffins excavated on Banton Island.[1] Two small pieces of cloth found inside of the coffins are regarded as the only known existing prehistoric cloth in the Philippines.[1] The cloths has since been declared Filipino National Cultural Treasures.[1]

He continued to head the Anthropology Division of the National Museum of the Philippines until his retirement as its deputy director in 1989.[1]

Alfredo E. Evangelista died at his home in San Pedro, Laguna, on October 18, 2008, at the age of 82.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Expert on past dies; 82". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2008-11-17. Alfredo E. Evangelista, the country's foremost archeologist, died in his San Pedro, Laguna home Saturday. He was 82.