UOG-UH Summer Archaeology Field School at Ritidian
Ten students representing seven universities located in Guam, the U.S. mainland, Canada, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas participated in the University of Guam - University of Hawaii Summer Archaeology Field School held in June 2009 at Ritidian.
“The field school provided training in archaeological field and laboratory research for graduate and undergraduate university students,” said James M. Bayman, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. “Research is conducted in a manner that honors and celebrates Chamorro history, culture, and traditions.”
The field school research also assists the US Fish and Wildlife Service with its mandate to responsibly manage, study, and preserve its rich natural and cultural resources. Through their field school research, the students established professional connections with local archaeologists, historic preservation professionals, and members of the Chamorro community.
“The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the Micronesian Area Research Center, the Guam Preservation Trust, and the State Historic Preservation Office were also key to the success of the field school,” said Dr. Hiro Kurashina, retired professor and Director Emeritus of the University of Guam.