Acting SHPO rejects ‘inadvertent discoveries’ work plan; asks for hold on all activities within the affected archaeological areas

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Acting State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) Patrick Lujan does not agree with the suggested methodology within the draft work plan and will require a more thorough archaeological investigation.

After reviewing the data recovery work plan to mitigate the adverse effects on the newly discovered archaeological sites of the Modified Record Firing Range at Northwest Field, the State Historic Preservation Office has questioned the methodology used and has asked for a hold on all activities in the area in the meantime.

Acting SHPO Patrick Lujan said his office does not agree with the suggested methodology within the draft work plan and will require a more thorough archaeological investigation on these areas that cannot be avoided.

In the meantime, Lujan said they have informed Marine Corps Activity Guam (MCAG) to maintain a hold on all activities within the affected archaeological areas until a mitigated work plan is agreed upon.

Lujan told the Phill Leon Guerrero show on NewsTalk K57 that from a professional standpoint he was not satisfied with the suggested methodology within the draft work plan and SHPO is committed to do what needs to be done for the island’s archeological artifacts

He added that his call for a hold covers only one portion of the existing firing ranges.

Lujan also stressed that SHPO has a “healthy” relationship with MCAG members, many of whom live here on Guam.

Earlier this week, two more inadvertent discoveries were made during the ongoing project of the Live Fire Training Range Complex at Northwest Field in Andersen Air Force Base.

According to SHPO, the discoveries included lusong fragments, lithic and shell tools and fragments, as well as concentrations of Latte Period ceramics.

SHPO said Marine Corps Activity Guam (MCAG) met its 48-hour notification obligation when the State Historic Preservation Office started reviewing mitigation options.

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