EAA 2018: Abstract

This abstracts is part of session #769:
Abstract book ISBN:
978-80-907270-3-8 (EuropeanAssociation of Archaeologists); 978-84-9168-140-3 (Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona, vol. 1); 978-84-9168-143-4 (Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona, vol. 2)

Title & Content

Iberian Cultural Contact and Colonialism in the island of Guam: the ABERIGUA project
In this paper, we will present ABERIGUA, an archaeological project that investigates the impact that the incorporation of Guam and the Mariana islands by the colonial network of the Spanish empire had on the local Chamorro population. We are seeking to understand the changes, but also the continuities that survived through this general process. We are particularly focusing on all those changes and continuities that took place in: 1) socio-ecological systems; 2) socio-political systems (with special attention to gender and sexual politics); and 3) the sphere of maintenance activities (a set of practices that, grosso modo, include tasks related with care giving, food processing and cooking, weaving, socialization of children, hygiene and public health, and organization and maintenance of daily-quotidian residential spaces).
We will also present the preliminary results from fieldwork campaigns conducted in June-July 2017 and April-May 2018 at the church and cemetery of San Dionisio and the Palace of the Governor. Both sites stand as archaeological witnesses of the 17th, 18th and 19th century colonial processes. Conflating historical written sources and archaeological information, we seek to contribute a better understanding of the historical-archaeological legacy connected to Iberian cultural contact and colonialism in this part of the western Pacific.
Modern Iberian Colonialism; Pacific archaeology; Guam
Oral presentation


Main authors:
Sandra Monton-Subias3
James M. Bayman4
Natalia Moragas2
Enrique Moral3
Veronica Peña3
Laura Trelliso5
Jacy Moore4
Anthony Alvarez4
Joe Quinata1
1 Guam Preservation Trust
2 Universitat de Barcelona
3 Universitat Pompeu Fabra
4 University of Hawai'i-Manôa
5 University Pompeu Fabra