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Fiji Bourewa Lapita History Field Trip Feb 2008

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Welcome to Bourewa Historical Site
The Lapita ancestors are claimed to have travelled the seas with pottery skills and landed in Fiji. However, it takes a high temperature to fire pottery and burning coconuts would not generate the extreme heat to properly fire the pottery in a new island home.

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Can you solve the mystery of why their legs were broken at the knees when buried?

Each grave site is carefully noted on the map below

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The guide explained how the layers built up over the years as they lived in stick houses above the water and collected shells and sea fish to eat, and planted some dalo as carbs and greens. As the sea foods were eaten out, the shells changed through the layers over hundreds of years.
 
Mana, is the name given to this lovely lady, may she rest now in peace.

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