More human fragments found at firing range site

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There are concerns that data recovery may compromise the integrity of archaeological sites.

Another set of human bones were discovered during the construction of the military firing ranges at Northwest Field, Yigo, State Historic Preservation Officer Patrick Lujan announced.

As reported to the Department of Parks & Recreation’s Historic Preservation Office late Tuesday, Lujan said this finding is within Area 5 of the Modified Record Firing Range and was discovered in a push pile of cleared forestation.

“The parts are believed to be of a fibula piece, a right ilium and other unidentifiable fragments. Similar to the last finding, it is unknown as to the ethnicity of the remains. DNA confirmation, however, is highly unlikely because of poor condition of the bones from surface exposure over time,” Lujan said.

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

Lujan said this is the 15th inadvertent discovery pertaining to the Guam Military Build-up since December 2018.

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