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Reinman trained the first generation of Chamorro archeologists, Al Lizama among them, and several are still contributing to historic preservation on Guam.

The work of John Craib at the Pagat site in northeast Guam, as well as at the Mochong site in Rota, laid the standard for future excavation projects and documented the condition of relatively undisturbed sites.

In this regard, archeology is a science that proceeds by testing new facts and ideas against our previous understanding.

Click here to see the Guampedia list of entries about Ancient Guam based on archeological investigations.

Click here to see the Guampedia list of entries based on early historic accounts.

The following themes were selected in order to focus on general topics with present-day relevance. What were the foods, the housing, the way that villages were organized and constructed?

William Safford, a young US Naval officer assigned to the office of the Territorial Governor of Guam in 1902, was probably the first to make detailed observations that bore on the antiquities of the island.

Safford, who was knowledgeable and learned about a variety of subjects, studied plants, geology, customs, and animals, as well as ancient sites on Guam. Hornbostel collected material over a six year period in the 1920s, and, from site recording and excavations, eventually contributed more than 9,000 specimens of monuments, potsherds, stone implements, and skeletal remains, as well as a collection of Chamorro texts with translations, lists of Chamorro family and place names, field notes on excavation, maps and photographs.

Were ancient Chamorros warlike or peaceful and cooperative? How did the environment change and how did they adapt to the changing environment?

Many of these topics are not clearly understood, but there are theories and concepts based on the present knowledge from the material culture.

The best overviews are found in books about Chamorro history such as Scott Russell’s .

These authors would be the first to say that there might be disagreements about some of the facts and the knowledge that they present, and would encourage the reader to be critical.

Historical preservation laws seek to preserve and protect archeological sites so they can give up their clues to ancient life ways to the discerning eyes of archeologists who are trained to peel back the layers of the past.

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