Guampedia unveils new ‘Archeology of the Marianas’

UOG’s John Peterson Ph.D addresses the audience during yesterday’s unveiling ceremony of the new section on the Guampedia website called “Archeology of the Marianas”. Photo by Matt Weiss

Guam history enthusiasts can now learn more about the history of not only the island but also the rest of the Mariana Islands in the new section on the Guampedia website called “Archeology of the Marianas”.

The section was unveiled before about 40 people at the Lujan House in Hagatna.  A joint effort by Guampedia, Guam Preservation Trust, and the Richard F. Taitano Micronesian Area Research Center, the project was made possible via a $20,000 grant from the Guam Preservation Trust.

GPT Program Officer, Rosanne Barcinas, said several authors of articles in the section attended as well as members of the cultural preservation community. There are 28 entries in the section.

“They’re excited to see entries like this,” Barcinas said of the articles in the site. “These are interpretations based on actual archaeological studies on Guam.”

“It’s a collaborative effort with the archaeological community who are eager to share what they’ve learned in their studies but oftentimes their contract does not include cost for interpretation,” she added.

Three years

The project took three years in the making, she said. “GPT and MARC were working on compiling an archaeological digital resource center with full cooperation with the State Historical Preservation Office.”

“There are still studies to be compiled but for the most part we have compiled this digital data base and working with Guampedia the past eight months, the focus was to have the archeologists and historians prepare entries so it can enrich our knowledge of Ancient Chamorro times as well as early historical accounts,” she said.

Attendees were also given a poster yesterday that depicted the timeline of the Chamorro culture and events that occurred around the world starting from the first Chamorros who stepped onto shore to the arrival of the Spaniards.  World events such as the Egyptian empire and the arrival of Europeans in the Americas are depicted on the poster.

Barcinas credited historian Dr. Lawrence Cunningham for inspiring the group for including the world time line.

Residents interested in learning more can check out the Guampedia website at www.guampedia.com.

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