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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".


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: archaeology; artifacts; discovery; economic; fiji; found; ggg; giant; godsgravesglyphs; history; mysterious; remains
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To: #3Fan
FYI.
21 posted on 07/14/2002 8:27:19 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
Yeah I saw this earlier. Probably Phoenician. :^)
22 posted on 07/14/2002 10:04:58 PM PDT by #3Fan
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To: LostTribe
Did you see this? (bump)
23 posted on 07/15/2002 9:04:12 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam
I've been to Fiji and lots of the men and some of the women were 6'2. Why are they calling this a giant?
24 posted on 07/15/2002 9:09:33 AM PDT by PoisedWoman
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To: blam

25 posted on 07/15/2002 9:30:40 AM PDT by Consort
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To: blam
I would not be too surprised at some Phoenicians roaming around the South Pacific.

I could visualize a bunch of Phoenicians, looking for new sea-trading prospects, traveling overland to Babylon, getting some ships built, and sailing east to India, then southeast past the Malasian Islands to Australia. A couple of thousand years later, there was a lively interest in trading for Chinese silk and spices from Ceylon, why not earlier?

26 posted on 07/15/2002 9:38:46 AM PDT by SauronOfMordor
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To: PoisedWoman
"I've been to Fiji and lots of the men and some of the women were 6'2.

Isn't that a little tall for people who supposedly originated in the orient?

" Why are they calling this a giant?"

Lol. That's my question.

27 posted on 07/15/2002 10:44:01 AM PDT by blam
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To: Tijeras_Slim
The FIJI house is across from my church. The term "trash can" is alien to their language.
28 posted on 07/15/2002 10:47:52 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: AppyPappy
They do seem to be consistent from college to college.
29 posted on 07/15/2002 11:11:17 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Milwaukee's Best seems to be the tribe's favorite food.
30 posted on 07/15/2002 11:12:39 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: blam
It's a real shame when "These cowboy archaeologists" are given free reign to tear valuable finds apart like a dog looking for bone.

After doing post-Doctoral work at Oxford University in the field of Biblical Archeology I was invited by one of the Profs to participate in his major dig in Israel. Regret to this day that business did not allow the time to go, if for no other reason than just to even briefly be part of a dig that was being done right.

31 posted on 07/15/2002 11:26:47 AM PDT by LostTribe
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To: elbucko
I am sorry that I found this so late...I agree with you... if it hadn't been for "those cowboy archaeologists" the 3000 year old tall man might never have been found... I have had to deal with those so called learned experts and many of them are snots and they have taught me not to trust them.
32 posted on 08/07/2002 1:12:39 PM PDT by ruoflaw
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To: blam
6'2" was pretty tall 3,000 years ago.
33 posted on 10/12/2002 1:23:28 PM PDT by Notforprophet
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To: Notforprophet
not compared to goliath.
34 posted on 10/12/2002 6:17:02 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: grizzfan
Tall people, over here.
35 posted on 01/15/2004 7:07:29 AM PST by blam
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To: farmfriend
GGG.
36 posted on 01/15/2004 7:09:46 AM PST by blam
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To: blam
Isn't that a little tall for people who supposedly originated in the orient?

Tell that to Yao Ming.

37 posted on 01/15/2004 7:10:58 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: blam
Tall people, over here.

Last night Steve Quayle was saying they came from outer space, married the daughters of earth, and live in the Solomon Islands.

38 posted on 01/15/2004 8:52:04 AM PST by Lucy Lake
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Gods, Graves, Glyphs
List for articles regarding early civilizations , life of all forms, - dinosaurs - etc.

Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from this ping list.

39 posted on 01/15/2004 9:19:14 AM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: leilani
The Kon-Tiki Expedition was a balsa raft sailing from Peru to Polynesia.

The Ra Expedition was a reed boat which sailed from Morocco to the Caribbean.

40 posted on 01/15/2004 9:43:27 AM PST by Miss Marple
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