Archaeological find made at site of new base

by Marine Corps Activity Guam
Stripes Guam

DEDEDO – An archaeological monitor working at the future site of Marine Corps Base encountered prehistoric cultural features during construction work on Dec. 5.

Immediately upon discovery, all work was halted at the site, and the area was appropriately cordoned off.

A Marine Corps Activity Guam archaeologist visited the site on Dec. 6, and verified the area was likely buried by early ground moving activities in the 1940s and 50s.

“The response to the discovery is a perfect example of how the 2011 Programmatic Agreement was intended to work,” said Sandy Yee, an archeologist with MCAG. “The monitor recognized the archaeological feature, stopped construction in the immediate vicinity, and marked the location so that appropriate consultations about the cultural resource can occur.”

MCAG has notified the Guam State Historic Preservation Office and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation on the discovery and have solicited agency comments on its proposed

mitigation action.

The Department of the Navy respects the rich cultural heritage of Guam and remains committed to the cultural and historical preservation of the island.

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