Apotguan Revisited: A Bioarchaeological Analysis of Latte Period Burials from Guam


This is an abstract from the "Research and CRM Are Not Mutually Exclusive: J. Stephen Athens—Forty Years and Counting" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Cultural Resources Management studies in the Mariana Islands have consistently expanded opportunities for in-depth bioarchaeological research. Burial assemblages originating from historic preservation compliance obligations generally derive from one of three contexts: displaced fragmentary remains; isolated burials; or cemeteries. For example, the ancient inhabitants of Apotguan Village, Guam, unearthed during construction of the Agaña Beach Condos in 1990, represent a relatively large cemetery-derived sample. Over 150 Latte Period individuals were recovered by International Archaeological Research Institute, Inc. Since then, research related to this site has generated technical reports, conference papers, journal articles, and book chapters, expanding understanding of the ancient Chamorros and their culture. The original bioarchaeological study, completed in 1992, analyzed the Apotguan burial assemblage as a single statistical sample. Recent archaeological research has identified burial subgroups, which motivated a re-examination of the burial assemblage. By integrating the newly designated Apotguan subgroups with the osteological record, this paper focuses on discerning familial ties and spatial variability in health and biocultural practices.

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Apotguan Revisited: A Bioarchaeological Analysis of Latte Period Burials from Guam. Rona Ikehara-Quebral, Judith McNeill, Michele Toomay Douglas, Michael Pietrusewsky. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451265)

Spatial Coverage

min long: 117.598; min lat: -29.229 ; max long: -75.41; max lat: 53.12 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 23039