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Mysterious Giant Human Remains Found In Fiji
Times Of India ^ | 7-14-2002

Posted on 07/14/2002 1:19:44 PM PDT by blam

Mysterious giant human remains found in Fiji

AFP [ SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2002 10:29:37 AM ]

SUVA: Mysterious skeletal remains of what appears to be a 3,000-year-old giant have been unearthed on a South Pacific islands, but the bones' discovery has rattled local archaeologists who say poor treatment of the remains may have lost vital information.

Little is known about the highly unusual find, which includes a skull bearing strange holes drilled into its cheekbones, with authorities keen to keep the controversial discovery under wraps.

According to sources, the body, found at Lomaiviti, an island to the north of here, predates European exploration of the Pacific and it is believed the man was originally from the Solomon Islands.

The body was discovered last week by a Solomon Islander from the University of the South Pacific (USP), alongside examples of Lapita pottery — artifacts created by a group of Melanesians believed to have been the founders of modern Polynesia.

Measuring 1.9 m, the body is unusually large considering its age and origin. Pictures of its skull show the holed cheekbones, a feature unseen in previous discoveries, according to Fiji Museum sources.

The head of pre-history archaeology at the museum, Sepeti Matararaba, said the discovery of the body and pottery was "significant".

"As for the skeleton remains, I will still have to see it ... it is a significant find for us.

"Studies done there now would enlighten us more on the early travelling habits in those times. We have found similar pottery on neighbouring islands of the group.

"Once they are dated, we can know the exact patterns of living and the kind of activities during those early occupations. It is really very good news."

But the skeleton has already caused controversy with experts voicing concern over its treatment at the hands of "cowboy" archaeologists.

One senior Fiji Museum source said a relocation of the remains may have destroyed vital information and museum experts should have been consulted earlier.

"These cowboy archaeologists, a bit like parachute journalists, are allowed such field trips but by law, if they were find something as significant as a skeleton, especially of the suspected period of existence, the Museum must be informed," the senior official said.

"It is also only logical that our field staff who are trained for such excavations are informed of such developments considering their skills and tools, paramount of course is the creation and maintenance of our historical database."

Patrick Nunn, the supervisor of the archaeological team analysing the remains at USP would not comment and said on Sunday "we have decided to keep our find under wraps".


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To: Renfield
My neighbor is from NZ and his favorite sports team is the "All Blacks" team of NZ. He says it is the native Maori on the team that make them such winners. Also, we had an article on FR some time back about the Maori having an 'aggression gene' lacking in other people. They were notorious in the past for killing and eating their enemies.
101 posted on 03/16/2007 6:31:53 AM PDT by blam
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The cat's outa the bag now!

102 posted on 03/16/2007 6:38:09 AM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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Once were warriors: gene linked to Maori violence
103 posted on 03/16/2007 7:01:40 AM PDT by blam
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One of the places we stayed in NZ was a farmstay run by a lovely couple named Ra and Leon. Ra was of Maori ancestry, Leon of English ancestry. Leon said that when he and Ra were dating, she would make jokes about her ancestors eating his ancestors.


104 posted on 03/16/2007 10:15:12 AM PDT by Renfield
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"My #2 dog is named Ra. (#1 is named 'Tutt' and #3 is 'Nefertiti"

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