Fragmented human remains discovered at Camp Blaz and Andersen South

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"We will work closely with the military to determine whether the site can be preserved in place, which is our priority," said State Historic Preservation Officer Patrick Lujan. (PNC file photo)

Joint Region Marianas (JRM) and Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Marianas are in consultation with the Guam State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to investigate discoveries of fragmented human remains at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz and the Skaggs Urban Combat Training Complex at Andersen South made between
Aug. 23-26.

“The respectful treatment of all cultural resources is a priority,” said JRM
Commander Rear Adm. Benjamin Nicholson. “We will continue to adhere to state
and federal guidelines and maintain clear and open communication with the
Guam SHPO, and all of our federal and GovGuam partners to ensure that these
remains are handled properly and reverently.”

Construction work has stopped in the immediate areas and MCB Camp Blaz has
notified the Guam SHPO of the discoveries. Archaeologists will investigate
all remains in accordance with procedures agreed upon with the SHPO.

“We will work closely with the military to determine whether the site can be
preserved in place, which is our priority,” said State Historic Preservation
Officer Patrick Lujan. “We assure the public that we remain vigilant in the
protection of our island’s cultural resources, working closely with the
military and all other stakeholders in the proper, respectful handling of
what is found during development.”

JRM is also closely reviewing the SHPO’s recommendation of preservation in
place of a partially-intact ancient Chamorro burial at the Skaggs Urban
Training Complex in the Mogfog, Dededo area. The burial was discussed at the
annual Programmatic Agreement of 2011 workshop that was attended by Guam’s
cultural resource management stakeholders including the Guam Preservation
Trust, and members of the 36th Guam Legislature.

(JRM Release)

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