Public hearing on Garapan archeological dig tonight


The public hearing for Best Sunshine International, Ltd’s archaeological recovery project in Garapan is set for tonight at 6pm at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center.

Division of Coastal Resource Management officials will hold the site permitting hearing for the project located in the former Samoan Housing area.

The Garapan site in front of T Galleria has been identified as part of BSI’s $7.1-billion integrated casino resort project.

The DCRM board is composed of various regulatory agencies such as Historic Preservation Office, Department of Public Works, Coastal Resources Management, Department of Commerce, Department of Lands and Natural Resources, and the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.

HPO had supported the project in a recent boarding meeting.

It was reported that BSI has hired a firm from Hawaii, which has agreed to work in coordination with Marianas Area Research Center out of University of Hawaii as well as University of Guam in order to do the archaeological dig.

HPO anticipates the archaeological dig to reveal information about a transitional phase in ancient Chamorro history not available anywhere else, like ancient burial grounds and a Spanish colonial site.

Archaeologists plan to open up the site so that any school can schedule to come and view the site or take a tour of what’s happening or what is found there, it was reported.

Dennis B. Chan | Reporter
Dennis Chan covers education, environment, utilities, and air and seaport issues in the CNMI. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Guam. Contact him at

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