The discovery in Fiji of a piece of Lapita pottery with a raised face design is causing great excitement in archaeological circles.
The pottery was found in the Natadola Beach area in the southwest of Viti Levu, at an archaeological site which is thought to be more than 3-thousand, two-hundred years old.
Fiji is the only place the raised-face design has been found, apart from the birthplace of the Lapita people, in the Bismarck Archipelago in Papua New Guinea.
Patrick Nunn of the University of the South Pacific says that is highly significant.
"PLAY AUDIO: LAPITA NUNN ONE TP"
IN:...... THE OBVIOUS IMPLICATION
OUT:... THAN 3-THOUSAND KILOMETRES
Dr Patrick Nunn.