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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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KEYWORDS: archaeology; artifacts; discovery; economic; fiji; found; ggg; giant; godsgravesglyphs; history; mysterious; remains
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To: RightWhale

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

hehe...I read Stephen Lawhead's Byzantium a couple of months ago and those Vikings were quite the rascals. Supposedly the Viks had to go on those pillaging tours in order to raise enough cash to pay their taxes back home. Getting way off track here, but Byzantium is a good read if you're into epic historical fiction.

41 posted on 01/15/2004 10:43:42 AM PST by elli1
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To: Miss Marple
"The Ra Expedition was a reed boat which sailed from Morocco to the Caribbean."

Yup. My #2 dog is named Ra. (#1 is named 'Tutt' and #3 is 'Nefertiti(Neff)'.

42 posted on 01/15/2004 10:45:46 AM PST by blam
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To: blam
I think this is just another tall tale.
43 posted on 01/15/2004 10:45:56 AM PST by Happy2BMe (Liberty does not tolerate lawlessness and a borderless nation will not prevail.)
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To: Dog Gone
Nah, you got it right the first time. It is all about jealousy...the official from the museum didn't find it but he wants it. The person that did find it is from the University and it sounds like he or she is an archaeologist and he or she turned the find over to the University (USP)...it is the universities that train anthropologists and archaeologists and the museums have anthropologists and archaeologists that have their Masters degree and they feel vastly superior. You should trust your instinct.
44 posted on 01/15/2004 10:48:25 AM PST by ruoflaw
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To: grizzfan
Quayle is seriously funny. One moment totally down to earth, next minute talking with giant space aliens. Might be Steve Martin's lost twin.
45 posted on 01/15/2004 10:48:44 AM PST by RightWhale (How many technological objections will be raised?)
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To: elbucko
Are they sure it's not Jimmy Hoffa?

...It could be only if the height measured includes the concrete elevator shoes.

46 posted on 01/15/2004 10:49:48 AM PST by DeFault User
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To: blam

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

Native or aborignal Hawaiians were large statured, too. But then, they came to Hawaii from Polynesia, so I guess we shouldn't be surprised to find some tall skeletons on Fiji.

47 posted on 01/15/2004 10:55:00 AM PST by elli1
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To: Dog Gone
"Little is known about the highly unusual find, which includes a skull bearing strange holes drilled into its cheekbones,"

She'll be glad to find her ancestors....


48 posted on 01/15/2004 10:56:35 AM PST by Rebelbase ( Lost tagline)
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To: Dog Gone
This official sounds like a snot, but I like the term, "parachute journalist."

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

Picture Dan Blather in a safari jacket.

49 posted on 01/15/2004 11:04:56 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: blam
now that I finally noticed the date of this article, did they ever publish the findings on their find?
50 posted on 01/15/2004 11:07:24 AM PST by ruoflaw
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To: ruoflaw; blam
You asked blam, but may I add, Steve Quayle last night, Jan. 14, 2004, said the Australian government had, or is sending a group to investigate. May be more at www.stevequayle.com.
51 posted on 01/15/2004 11:41:53 AM PST by Lucy Lake
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To: ruoflaw
"now that I finally noticed the date of this article, did they ever publish the findings on their find?"

Nope. Not a peep.

52 posted on 01/15/2004 11:42:00 AM PST by blam
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To: grizzfan
Thanks!
53 posted on 01/15/2004 1:54:36 PM PST by ruoflaw
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To: ruoflaw; blam; farmfriend; Miss Marple; Happy2BMe; RightWhale; elli1
Look what I just found:

THE GIANTS OF THE SOLOMON ISLANDS
http://www.thesolomongiants.com/
54 posted on 01/15/2004 4:33:57 PM PST by Lucy Lake
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To: grizzfan
Here's another article from the same time frame as the original post, but no where near as imaginative as the one grizz picked up at Tinfoil HQ. ;->

http://cooltech.iafrica.com/technews/148227.htm
55 posted on 01/15/2004 5:30:19 PM PST by elli1
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To: grizzfan
"THE GIANTS
OF
THE SOLOMON ISLANDS
AND
THEIR HIDDEN UFO BASES

That's enough. I'm outta here!

56 posted on 01/15/2004 5:34:43 PM PST by blam
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To: elli1
"Here's another article from the same time frame as the original post."

No mention of the size of the skeleton.

57 posted on 01/15/2004 5:39:52 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
Yes, it does, blam:

Discovered by 15 University of the South Pacific geography students at Moturiki Island, the two-metre skeleton is believed to be of Solomon Islands origin.

My thinking: The other article came from the Times of India. All things being relative, a 2 metre skeleton in India probably is considered a giant. But not so remarkable in Polynesia, maybe?

58 posted on 01/15/2004 6:00:17 PM PST by elli1
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To: Restorer
Heyerdahl's reed boat, the Ra II, sailed from Safi in Morocco to Barbados in 57 days in 1970, proving that reed boats could cross the Atlantic. He tried to sail a larger one, the Tigris, from Mesopotamia to Egypt, in 1978, but was stopped in the Red Sea and not allowed to continue.
http://www.museumsnett.no/kon-tiki/Expeditions/
59 posted on 01/15/2004 6:19:54 PM PST by CobaltBlue
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To: ruoflaw
You don't get to feel "vastly superior" until you have, not just a Ph.D., but a post-doc fellowship. With an MA, "snotty" is all you're allowed. ;^)
60 posted on 01/15/2004 6:24:21 PM PST by CobaltBlue
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