Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

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".


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: archaeology; artifacts; discovery; economic; fiji; found; ggg; giant; godsgravesglyphs; history; mysterious; remains
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-6061-80 ... 101-107 next last
A 6' 2" skeleton in this area would be considered large but, a 'giant?'

On the other hand, there is a New Zealand archaeologist who claims to have found ancient Celtic structures on NZ.

1 posted on 07/14/2002 1:19:44 PM PDT by blam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: blam
Measuring 1.9 m, the body is unusually large considering its age and origin.

Well, its 3,000 a year old.

2 posted on 07/14/2002 1:22:53 PM PDT by BrooklynGOP
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blam
"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.

This official sounds like a snot, but I like the term, "parachute journalist."

I don't know what it means, but I like it.

3 posted on 07/14/2002 1:26:23 PM PDT by Dog Gone
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dog Gone
Parachute journalists are those who fly into a trouble spot and immediately upon arrival begin pontificating to the home audience as if they are experts on the local situation. Dan Rather and Geraldo are classic examples.
4 posted on 07/14/2002 1:29:49 PM PDT by Restorer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: blam
Ancient Celtic New Zealand
5 posted on 07/14/2002 1:32:25 PM PDT by blam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blam
which includes a skull bearing strange holes drilled into its cheekbones,...

Are they sure it's not Jimmy Hoffa?

6 posted on 07/14/2002 1:34:05 PM PDT by elbucko
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Restorer
Thanks for the explanation. I hereby offer to pack their chutes.
7 posted on 07/14/2002 1:35:10 PM PDT by Dog Gone
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: RightWhale
Phoenicians In Australia?
8 posted on 07/14/2002 1:38:35 PM PDT by blam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BrooklynGOP
Well, its 3,000 a year old.

"Shrinkage, Jerry...."

9 posted on 07/14/2002 1:40:54 PM PDT by TADSLOS
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: blam
"These cowboy archaeologists,..

As a former "cowboy" during my summers, and still a horse owner, "Ah don't thank ah like the sound o' them association o' words, Pardner!" If one has ever been around a real "cowboy", they are very competent in many things. More so than many professionals these days, and more honest.

10 posted on 07/14/2002 1:42:12 PM PDT by elbucko
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blam
Among several factual errors in the article you linked.

I've never heard anybody say that the Vikings had a compass before.

Thor Heyerdahl sailed a balsa raft from Peru to Polynesia, not a reed boat.

There is excellent evidence the Phoenicians at least once sailed all the way around Africe, from Egypt down the Red Sea, returning through the Strait of Gibraltar.

Methinks the article was written by someone with little historical knowledge.

11 posted on 07/14/2002 1:52:18 PM PDT by Restorer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: blam

12 posted on 07/14/2002 3:27:46 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blam
Oh...they call it thet ol' Fiji Dew
An' them what refuse it are few-
You'll feel lak a giant
Whin they feed you a pint
Of thet good ol' Fiji Dew !!
13 posted on 07/14/2002 4:09:47 PM PDT by genefromjersey
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blam
Dunno 'bot the Celtics, but the Australian dingo is supposed to be closely related to domesticated African dogs.

Attributing harbors to Phoenicians in this neck of the woods seems a mite far-fetched, and ignores the fact people were sailing pretty routinely from China to California-long before Europeans " discovered " the Pacific.

14 posted on 07/14/2002 4:16:10 PM PDT by genefromjersey
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: blam
Nothing to it, the FIJI House at my college was all football players.
15 posted on 07/14/2002 4:18:19 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: genefromjersey
Dixie Dingo
16 posted on 07/14/2002 4:41:02 PM PDT by blam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: blam
Almost as cool as Basenjis.
17 posted on 07/14/2002 4:42:04 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: blam
WOW! Those Celts really got around!
18 posted on 07/14/2002 5:18:14 PM PDT by SubMareener
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Restorer
Vikings had a compass before

Vikings had everything everybody else had. If it wasn't nailed down. And sometimes even if it was.

19 posted on 07/14/2002 6:35:52 PM PDT by RightWhale
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Restorer
"Thor Heyerdahl sailed a balsa raft from Peru to Polynesia, not a reed boat." You know that, but that isn't what Heyerdahl,Inc & their friends at PBS have been promoting to the public for fifty years, so give the guy a break on this one.We all grew up on the (bogus, we now know) image of the Kon Tiki as authentic (& without the refrigeration below decks & Lloyd's of London insurance above deck). Better to leave us our silly childhood fantasies, I think.

20 posted on 07/14/2002 6:52:02 PM PDT by leilani
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-6061-80 ... 101-107 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson