Archaeologists present findings of Chamorros migration
|Incised teeth belonged to a Latte Period man, who died between|
the ages of 30 and 40 [Credit: C.K. Walth]
At the Naton Beach site, archaeologists found more than 400 burials from the Pre-Latte Period and Latte Period of Guam. More than 150 burials were from the Pre-Latte Period, marking the largest number of burials from that time and ever recorded in the Marianas.
The Pre-Latte Period is from 1,500 B.C. until latte stones were introduced. The Latte Period started around 1,000 A.D. and ended with Spanish contact in the 16th century.
|Archaeologists say they have found evidence indicating that Guam's ancient Chamorros |
came from two waves of migration [Credit: voanews]
Amesbury said about 1,700 ornaments consisting of shells and shark teeth were found on the human remains at the Naton site.
A majority of the ornaments were from the Pre-Latte Period. They mainly consisted of three types of cone shell beads and beads made from clam shells, bracelets, and tiger shark teeth necklaces. Others featured inlaid teeth and the use of an earthy pigment called ochre.
|Drilled tiger shark teeth were found with the remains of a pre-latte woman, |
who died between the ages of 20 and 35 [Credit: C.K. Walth]
The distinguishing features of the ornaments lead archaeologists to believe that two waves of migration occurred in Guam's history.
"(Archaeologists) never knew if the latte stones were just in situ cultural development that the people thought of making after a while or if it was a new group of people coming in," said Amesbury. "And now it looks like a new group of people. So that's very interesting to know that there was more than one wave of migration."
Source: The Associated Press [February 11, 2016]
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