The purpose of the Wilhelm G. Solheim II Foundation for Philippine Archaeology
The purpose of the Wilhelm G. Solheim II Foundation for Philippine Archaeology, Inc. (Solheim Foundation) is to foster both fieldwork and research in Philippine archaeology. For the first few years of the foundation the purpose is more restricted, i.e. to set up a research station in connection with the archaeological site of the Ille Rock Shelter and Cave and several other similar sites in northern Palawan. Developing this research station for both a field school in prehistoric archaeology and facilities for advanced research on not only archaeology but also biology, soils, geology, climatology and all those subjects entering into the total ecology of the area for the past and present. As this research station develops, it will be the model for similar research stations scattered throughout the Philippines, as the needs and funds develop.
A considerable infrastructure is needed for the research station, including the development of a simple road into the site from the main, nearby road, buildings for students and staff, both local and international, a permanent laboratory to provide for on-site research and illustration on materials recovered in excavations, security needs, excavation equipment, library, and a small museum and facilities to handle tourist interest in the several known and many as yet unknown sites in the area. These facilities will be made available to international and local graduate students doing research for their Masters and Ph.D. degrees at marginal cost. Endowment funds should be accumulated to offer some financial help to bring such students to the area and to help provide partial support for visiting scholars and professionals who wish to do research there.
Other than beginning exploratory excavations started in early 1998 and continuing every year since, there has been little work and development on the Ille Rock Shelter site as yet. There has been off-site development in terms of a permanent home for the founder of the foundation, Wilhelm G. Solheim II and his wife, on the west coast of Palawan. This home and the land (1.2 hectares) will become the property of the Foundation, with the stipulation that Solheim and his wife will retain domicile rights for the duration of their natural lives.