Concerns raised over alleged latte stone remains near a Tumon dumpster

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A photo has been circulating on social media which showed alleged latte stone remains covered by a mound of silt or sand near the dumpster of a Tumon hotel.

Guam – Latte stones are Guam’s most ancient and profound artifacts that symbolize ancient CHamoru culture. Yet, a photo has been circulating on social media which showed alleged latte stone remains covered by a mound of silt or sand near the dumpster of a Tumon hotel.

According to the caption below the Instagram post, the latte stones were kept away from the public eye.

The caption said, “This is a blatant disregard and disrespect of our native culture and heritage. These stones are a symbol of perseverance and strength of our 4000-year (old) culture, and they deserve so much better.”

Dave Lotz, a Guam Preservation Trust board member, went on air Tuesday to shed some light on this issue. Lotz said he cannot confirm whether the ruins are latte stones.

Lotz also provided some insight concerning the treatment of Guam’s ancient artifacts on K57’s Mornings with Patti.

“The discussion going on that has the community more and more concerned to me is just a healthy discussion that is perhaps overdue as to what we should be doing to preserve our cultural resources.”

Lotz said he has come to a conclusion that “just putting artifacts in boxes in a warehouse at the university is not the best solution.” He said, “We need to preserve these sites intact so the people can pay their respects.”