28 May 2004

Earliest Fijians arrived in 1260BC

12:45 pm on 28 May 2004

A recent archeological discovery in Fiji has proved that Fijians were present in the country much earlier than was previously believed.

Fiji TV reports that radio-carbon dating in New Zealand of intricate pieces of pottery found on Natadola Beach near Nadi has placed their age at 1260 BC.

The pottery was found by geography students of the University of the South Pacific as part of their field work last December.

Professor Patrick Nunn of the university says it's the most significant archeological find in Fiji's history.

He says it proves the existence of Fijians in the country 2-hundred years earlier than was previously believed