VIDEO: Chamorro Cultural Center & Eco-Park Planned for Gun Beach

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Guam -They’re not ready to take the wraps off it yet, but an important development is underway down at Gun Beach that will include a replica of an ancient Chamorro village. The project has already uncovered important archaeological finds which will be displayed inside the Chamorro Cultural Center.

The project has been dubbed the Guahan Cultural & Eco-Adventure Park. It is being built on 25 acres of land that is being leased from Tanota Partners down at Gun Beach.

Developer Mark Baldyga declined an on camera interview but agreed to discuss some of the details of the project which will be officially unveiled in the coming month.

Billed as a walk “back through 3-thousand years” of Guam history, the project includes an ancient Chamorro village and a Cultural Center which will dispaly artifacts that have already been un-covered at the sight during recent excavations.

The Baldyga Group has been working closely with the archaeological firm Garcia and Associates whose archaeologists have dug 200 test pits throughout the property.

Among the findings, sling-stones and fish-hooks, some small latte stones, ancient pottery shards and a pottery piece measuring 19 inches across exactly in the area where a replica of an ancient Chamorro kitchen is planned.

Baldyga called it “by far the most comprehensive analysis and archaeological testing of any project of this size on Guam. And he said they have been working with the full co-operation and authorization of the Guam Department of Public Works.

Baldyga said they have tried to keep the project low-keyed because of concern over souvenir hunters disrupting the area. But most of the archaeological work has been completed and the finds removed for refurbishment and eventual display at the site.

Ron Acfalle and Tasa are building the ancient Chamorro village and Leonard Iriarte has already performed a ceremony “asking permission of the ancients” before the area was disturbed.

Baldyga is asking the public to avoid disturbing the site while the archaeological work is underway. A public announcement disclosing details of the projects will be held in coming weeks. The Guahan Cultural and Eco-Adventure Park is slated for completion by this summer.

Baldyga says the general public will continue to have access to Gun Beach.

THEY’RE NOT READY TO TAKE THE WRAPS OFF IT YET … BUT AN IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT IS UNDERWAY DOWN AT GUN BEACH THAT WILL INCLUDE A REPLECA OF AN ANCIENT CHAMORRO VILLAGE AND AN  ECO-CULTURAL PARK.// THE PROJECT HAS ALREADY UNCOVERED IMPORTANT ARCHEOLOGICAL FINDS WHICH WILL BE DISPALYED INSIDE A CHAMORRO CULTURAL CENTER.// PNC’S KEVIN KERRIGAN HAS MORE IN THIS REPORT.###

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THE PROJECT HAS BEEN DUBBED THE GUAHN CULTURAL & ECO-ADVENTURE PARK.  AND ITS BEING BUILT ON 25 ACRES OF LAND THAT IS BEING LEASED FROM TANOTA PARTNERS DOWN AT GUN BEACH…

DEVELOPER MARK BALDAGYA DECLINED AN ON CAMERA INTERVIEW BUT AGREED TO DISCUSS SOME OF THE DETAILS OF THE PROJECT WHICH WILL BE OFFICIALLY UNVAILED IN THE COMING MONTH.

BILLED AS A WALK BACK THROUGH 3-THOUSAND YEARS OF GUAM HISTORY THE PROJECT INCLUDES AN ANCIENT CHAMORRO VILLAGE AND A CULTURAL CENTER IN WHICH WILL BE DISPALYED ARTIFACTS THAT HAVE BEEN UN-COVERED AT THE SIGHT DURING RECENT EXCAVATIONS.

THE BALDYGA GROUP HAS BEEN WORKING CLOSLY WITH THE ARCHEOLOGICAL FIRM “GARCIA AND ASSOCIATIES* WHOSE ARCHOLOGISTS HAVE DUG 200 TEST PITS THROUGHOUT THE PROPERTY..

AMONG THE FINDINGS … SLINGSTONES AND FISH-HOOKS …SOME SMALL LATTE STONES … ANCIENT POTERY SHARDS AND A POTTERY PIECE MEASUREING 19 INCHES ACROSS EXACTLY IN THE AREA WHERE A REPLICA OF AN ANCIENT CHAMORRO KITCHEN IS PLANNED.

BALDYGA CALLED IT “BY FAR THE MOST COMPRHENSIVE ANAYSIS AND ARCHOLOGICAL TESTING OF ANY PROJECT OF THIS SIZE ON GAUM AND HE SAID THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THE FULL CO-OPERATION AND AUTHORIZATION OF THE GUAM DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS …

BALYDGA SAID THYE HAVE BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT SURVENIR HUNTERS DISRUPTING THE AREA BUT MOST OF THE ARCHOLOGICAL FINDS HAVE ALREADY BEEN REOMOVED FOR REFURBESHMENT AND EVENTUAL DISPLAY AT THE SITE.

RON ACFALLE AND TASI ARE BUILDING THE ANCIENT CHAMORRO VILLAGE AND LEONARD IRIARTE HAS ALREADY PERFORMED A CERMEONY ASKING PERMISSION  FROMT HE ANCIENTS BEFORE THE AREA WAS DISTURBED.

BALDYAGA IS ASKING THE PUBLIC TO AVOID DISTRUBING THE SITE WHILE THE ARCHEOLOGICAL WORK IS UDNERWAY .. A PUBLIC ANNOUNCMENT DISCLOSING DETAILS OF THE PROJECTS WILL BE HELD IN COMING WEEKS. THE GUHAN CULTURAL AND ECO-ADVENTURE PARK IS SLATED FOR COMPLETION BY THIS SUMMER. KK PNC NEWS