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30 July 2011
Lapita pottery discovered in Fiji

For the first time ever, Lapita pottery has been discovered on Vanua Levu - formerly known as Sandalwood Island - the second largest island of Fiji. The pottery dating back 1100 BCE has been found on Vorovoro Island near Labasa.
     Fiji Museum Chief Archeologist, Sepeti Matararaba said they thought Bourewa in Nadroga was the first settlement in Fiji however with this new find at Vorovoro, it meant that the first people to come to Fiji not only settled in Baurewa but split up and also settled in Vorovoro. Matararaba added that currently a professor from Simeon Fraser University and some students are doing surface collection of pottery in Vanua Levu.

Edited from Fijivillage.com (26 July 2011)

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