Long-Term Human-Environment Relations at Ritidian in Guam

  • Mike T. CarsonEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Archaeology book series (BRIEFSARCHAE, volume 1)


The first inhabitants of the Mariana Islands targeted specific coastal niches about 1500 B.C. that no longer existed a few centuries later. The best documentation so far of this palaeohabitat is at the Ritidian Site in northern Guam. The landscape structure has been reconstructed for a complete 3,500-year sequence, showing how cultural habitation sites inter-related with the changing environment over time. The results enable a comprehensive natural-cultural history perspective of first Marianas settlement, as a basis to discuss how people selected their first habitation sites, managed their natural resources, and adapted to new and changing conditions.


Environmental archaeology Palaeohabitat Environmental reconstruction Pacific Islands archaeology Mariana Islands 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Micronesian Area Research CenterUniversity of GuamMangilaoUSA

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