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Pagat now on 11 most endangered sites list

by Mindy Aguon

Guam - A historic site that dates back to 700 A.D. has been officially placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list.  Pagat Village contains remains of prehistoric structural stone foundations, known as lattes, freshwater caves, medicinal plants, as well as stone mortars, pottery and tools of the Chamorro people. 

The addition of Pagat on the list could have a significant impact on the military's proposed plans to build a firing range near the site.  The Department of Defense has proposed constructing a U.S. Marine Corps firing range within several hundred feet of the historic village, which could significantly impact the public's access to the location.

The NTHP notes that the firing range will bring military exercises, live ammunition, and security fencing to Pagat, threatening treasured artifacts and placing thousands of years of Chamorro history at risk.  The Trust has also urged the military to reconsider and build the firing ranges at an alternative location, as the organization calls the expansion of training facilities to the area surrounding Pagat "unacceptable".

A press conference is scheduled for Thursday at Adelup to make the official announcement of the historic village to the list.

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