First Polynesian settlers arrived in Tonga over 2,830 years ago
|While excavating, researchers found a coral file artifact from within the beach site [Credit: David Burley]|
|A nail file made from staghorn coral reef by the Lapita people at Polynesia's oldest known settlement, Nukuleka [Credit: David Burley]|
As Dr. Burley states, "This degree of precision is impossible using radiocarbon and other dating techniques. It provides significant new opportunities for our understanding of the exploration and settlement of the far distant islands spread across the South Pacific."
Source: Public Library of Science [November 07, 2012]