Lapita Find at Bua
Today the very early settlers in Fiji are called the Lapita People. They came from South East Asia and arrived in Fiji about 3100 years ago, or 1100 years BC. Scientific evidence in Fiji proves that there are very old settlements, one group of early settlements was found in Bourewa (Nadroga) to the northwest of the famous Natadola Beach – another site close to Bourewa is Qoqo Island, found in the mangrove swamp, both probably settled about 3100 BP.
A team of researchers lead by Professor Patrick Nunn from the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia with two of his students Roger Kitson and Hayley McCreath and Fiji Museum’s Sepeti Matararaba recently made an extraordinary find. Lapita dentate stamped pottery at Otubelu on the Seseleka Peninsula on the Northwest coast of Vanua Levu. The dentate pottery sherds signify a period of 3000 years old settlement. Surface collection was done first before two test pits were excavated to get more data for further analysis. More research work is needed in the Seseleka Peninsula to really understand the early settlement period. The project was a collaboration of the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia, The Fiji Museum and the University of the South Pacific.