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H 276 x W 203 mm

146 pages

88 figures, 10 tables (50 colour pages)

Published Jul 2019

Archaeopress Access Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789692587

Digital: 9781789692594

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Saipan; WWII; Second World War; Northern Mariana Islands; Yellow Beach 2

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Yellow Beach 2 after 75 Years

The Archaeology of a WWII Invasion Beach on Saipan and its Historic Context in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

By Boyd Dixon, Brenda Y. Tenorio, Cherie Walth, Kathy Mowrer

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On June 15, 1944, Afetna Point was called ‘Yellow Beach 2’ by the U.S. Marines and Army infantry braving Japanese resistance to establish a beachhead before capturing As Lito airfield in the following days. After 75 years, this book presents archaeological evidence, archival records, and respected elders’ accounts from WWII.



Preface ;
Chapter 1. Introduction to Yellow Beach 2 on Saipan ;
Chapter 2. The Afetna Point Archaeological Project ;
Chapter 3. Environmental Context of Afetna Point ;
Chapter 4. Research Design and Methods Employed ;
Chapter 5. Yellow Beach 2: Historic Context of Afetna Point ;
Chapter 6. WWII Era Results ;
Chapter 7. Osteological Analysis ;
Chapter 8. San Antonio Memories Today ;
Chapter 9. Discussion of Research Questions ;
Chapter 10. Larger Research Implications ;
Chapter 11. References Cited by Major Topics

About the Author

Boyd Dixon is Senior Archaeologist for the Cardno GS office in Guam and the CNMI.

Brenda Y. Tenorio has played a role in shaping US/CNMI relations, has worked with, represented and advised leadership in the CNMI executive and legislative branches of government in negotiations with the U.S. and in the process developed public policy on a variety of issues locally.

Cherie Walth is a Project Manager, Principal Investigator, and Bioarchaeologist for SWCA Environmental Consultant’s Albuquerque Office. Cherie has worked in such diverse regions as the Rocky Mountains, the U.S. Southwest, the Pacific West, Micronesia, and North Africa.

Kathy Mowrer is an Archaeologist and Bioarchaeologist for SWCA Environmental Consultant’s Albuquerque Office.