24 Apr 2008

Archaeologists in Fiji discover a three thousand year old pot

11:53 am on 24 April 2008

Archaeologists in Fiji are marvelling at the discovery of a 3,000 year-old pot containing jewellery.

The pot contained shell jewellery believed to have been made by the Lapita people and was found at Bourewa on Fiji's main island of Viti Levu.

The Lapita people are thought by archaeologists to be the first colonists of much of the Pacific, and their unusual pottery has been discovered in a host of island groups.

The Fijilive website reported that Fiji Museum's Sepeti Matararaba found the jewellery.

Professor Patrick Nunn from the University of the South Pacific says the pot was filled with shell jewellery.

He says another researcher found a pot that had the eyes and nose of the Lapita motif, made of dots and in-filled with lime.

Professor Nunn told the website the pot was the "most extraordinary find" ever made in Fiji.