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Tonga archaeology discovery blow to Samoa's 'cradle' claim
Radio Australia ^ | January 10, 2008 | unattributed

Posted on 02/06/2008 6:32:05 AM PST by SunkenCiv

A Canadian archaeologist has identified a small fishing village in Tonga, established nearly 3,000 years ago, as the birthplace of Polynesia. Matangi Tonga online reports that Professor David Burley drew his conclusion from his final excavation at Nukuleka, east of the capital Nuku'alofa, six months ago when they found pieces of Lapita pottery. "The big pieces of pottery are about 2,900 years old," he said... Professor Burley and his team say they have made their conclusions based on the designs of the pottery and carbon dating of samples... Stuff NZ reports that the discovery is a blow to surrounding Pacific countries, including Samoa and Fiji, which have claimed to be the 'cradle' of Polynesia.

(Excerpt) Read more at radioaustralia.net.au ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; polynesia
I thought there had been one by now, I guess not.
1 posted on 02/06/2008 6:32:08 AM PST by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 02/06/2008 6:34:16 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__________________Profile updated Wednesday, January 16, 2008)
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3 posted on 02/06/2008 6:35:11 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__________________Profile updated Wednesday, January 16, 2008)
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To: SunkenCiv

Pass me samoa that roast pig, would ya?


4 posted on 02/06/2008 6:37:24 AM PST by CholeraJoe (Super What? How much longer until Nascar starts?)
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:’) Pork quality is why I like puns in the first place.


5 posted on 02/06/2008 6:49:25 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__________________Profile updated Wednesday, January 16, 2008)
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To: CholeraJoe; SunkenCiv

Copra yer own! Must be a loco nut.


6 posted on 02/06/2008 8:50:19 AM PST by wildbill
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Poi oh poi! You guys are punny today.


7 posted on 02/06/2008 8:53:46 AM PST by CholeraJoe (Super What? How much longer until Nascar starts?)
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To: SunkenCiv

Canadian archeologist attempts the rediscovery of the already discovered. News at 10.

Samoan and Polynesian history in general agree that Polynesians arrived in Samoa through Fiji to Tonga, and from Tonga to Samoa. It was the subsequent development of Polynesian culture in the Samoan islands that eventually traveled back to Tonga, and then outward to the rest of the Pacific islands.

So finding evidence that proto-Polynesians settled in Tonga isn’t new to us. We’d expect to find it if we went looking, just as we expect to find similar settlements in Samoa (which have been found and partially excavated). But cultural/oral history tends to agree that the Lapita settlers became Polynesians after gestating in Samoa, and then dispersing throughout the Pacific.


8 posted on 02/06/2008 1:24:47 PM PST by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: CholeraJoe

http://timesnews.net/blogs/lane/wp-content/uploads/2006/07/Umaga.jpg

SAMOAN!


9 posted on 02/07/2008 9:58:39 AM PST by John Will
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10 posted on 02/04/2009 5:01:25 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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