'Prehistoric cultural features' at military construction site

KUWABARA: Gary Kuwabara, from the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment, on April 30 speaks at the dedication ceremony for the site of the proposed cultural repository that will house cultural artifacts found during military construction activities. Post file photo

An archaeological monitor working at the site of the future Marine Corps Base found "prehistoric cultural features" during construction work on Dec. 5, the military confirmed Monday.

Immediately upon discovery, all work was halted at the site, and the area was appropriately cordoned off, the military stated. The proposed base is being developed off Route 3 in Finegayan, Dededo.

A Marine Corps Activity Guam archaeologist visited the site on Dec. 6 and determined the area likely was buried by early ground-moving activities in the 1940s and 1950s.

'Committed' to preservation

The Marine Corps has notified the Guam State Historic Preservation Office and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation of the discovery and have solicited agency comments on its proposed mitigation action, the military stated.

"The Department of the Navy respects the rich cultural heritage of Guam and remains committed to the cultural and historical preservation of the island," the press release added.

No other details on the "prehistoric cultural features" were available.

More than 4,000 Marines are expected to relocate to Guam from Okinawa several years from now.

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