Human fragments found at firing range project site

There are concerns that data recovery may compromise the integrity of archaeological sites. (PNC file photo)

The Department of Parks & Recreation’s Historic Preservation Office has received notice that human bones were discovered during the construction of the Known Distance Rifle Range at Northwest Field, Yigo.

According to State Historic Preservation Officer Patrick Lujan, the finding was identified by an archaeologist within an area that was previously reported as an inadvertent discovery and is protected by the 2011 Programmatic Agreement.

“It is unknown as to the ethnicity of the remains. Small fragments of humerus bones are believed to have originated within the last century. DNA confirmation, however, is highly unlikely because of poor condition of the bones from surface exposure over time. The totality of the fragments can fit in an adult’s hand,” Lujan stated in a release.

He added that the Historic Preservation Office is reviewing the archaeological mitigation plan proposed by Marine Corps Activity Guam (MCAG).

This is the 14th inadvertent discovery pertaining to the Guam military build-up since December 2018.