Thursday, April 5, 2007


Taga Stone Quarry Rota. Ariel View
THE TAGA STONE QUARRY ON ROTA, CNMI ISLANDS. The ancient Chamorros quarried these stones for building structures. People are still amazed even today as how these stones were cut, moved and used.

Taga Latte Stone Quarry. This site where the quarrying of latte stones took place is located in the As Nieves area of the island near the eastern end of the airport runway. The site consists of several latte stone columns and capstones in Taga Stones,Taga Stone Quarryvarious states of being cut away from the solid coral limestone. The edges of the columns and capstones have been separated from the limestone rock by excavating trenches.It is believed basalt tools, possibly in combination with fire, were used to dig out the huge latte stones from the solid rock.The site on Rota is the best preserved and largest known latte stone quarry in Micronesia. Archeologists have described the Taga Latte Stone Quarry as the most unique cultural site on Rota.... If you are ever on the island of Rota be sure to visit these ancient quarries, and take a little trip back in time, yes, waaaaaaaay back.

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