SHPO notified of additional ‘inadvertent’ discoveries

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

The Department of Parks & Recreation’s State Historic Preservation Office
has received notification that two more inadvertent discoveries were made during the ongoing project of the Live Fire Training Range Complex at Northwest Field, Andersen Air Force Base.

According to SHPO, the discoveries included lusong fragments, lithic and shell tools and fragments, as well as concentrations of Latte Period ceramics.

SHPO said Marine Corps Activity Guam (MCAG) met its 48-hour notification obligation and the State Historic Preservation Office is currently reviewing mitigation options.

Acting State Historic Preservation Officer Patrick Lujan intends to reply to the new discovery by close of business Friday.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero recently toured sites in Northwest Field and Finegayan where “inadvertent” discoveries have been made during the construction of the new Marine Corps base.

She said her administration continues to seek balance in preserving the island’s cultural resources and ancestral heritage with national security.

During the site visits, the governor brought up the concerns recently raised by members of the community to ensure every effort is made to properly care for the island’s cultural resources.

The governor said she will maintain the same level of concern throughout the duration of these projects.