Tonga's Nukuleka, the birth place of Polynesia

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Nuku'alofa , Tonga: By Pesi Fonua NUKULEKA, a small fishing village on the northern shores of eastern Tongatapu, at the entrance to the Fanga'uta Lagoon, has been identified by a Canadian archaeologist, ... via Matangi Tonga

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Since: Dec 12

Honolulu, Hi

#2063 Aug 3, 2013
Tamasamoa wrote:
Na Tongans are samoan sperm, all hail the real king of the pacific TUI MANU'A!! Hahaa cheehoooo!
cheeehoohooo your a$$ over to the Samoan forum with tui manua cause we never heard of him ova here....hihihihi...malo
stopit

Australia

#2065 Aug 4, 2013
Tamasamoa wrote:
Na Tongans are samoan sperm, all hail the real king of the pacific TUI MANU'A!! Hahaa cheehoooo!
hahaha you don't even know who tuimanua is lol samoa ain't never had a single ruler till Tongans arrived cheehoooo Tonga is ya daddy...otherwise ya'll be short chinky eyed dwarfs hihihihi TU'ITONGA is the word....so word!!! Tuimanua was spying for Tu'itonga,when Tu'itonga came to samoa...tuimanua ran to manua and fufu all day pretendin he wasn't aware that Tu'itonga is invading western samoa....hihihi tuimanua was no king,just a gay chief from manua hihihi who said he had an empire? Western samoa don't know him hihihi hahaha
Kaiwai

Suva, Fiji

#2066 Dec 8, 2013
I am interested to trace some of our Tongan noble ancestors who were related to the Tui Moturiki in Fiji - Vuniivilevu Island/Moturiki.

Since I am one of them and I would like to know these old ties.

First Fijian

Sandbach, UK

#2068 Dec 18, 2014
To make this history short,all human beings on this planet are pre-Fijians which have Biblical verses to prove it..Isaiah 51:3,2 Peter 3:5-7,Psalms 50:1 nd Genesis 2:8..i.e their remnants which were left behind around their original place(sunken Vuniivilevu landmass).And they are melanesians nd polynesians.Thats why Fiji is known as the melting pot of the South Pacific,bcos they ve got a mixture of melans nd polys in their dna,nd they used polynesian culture nd traditions.

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#2069 Dec 18, 2014
First Fijian wrote:
To make this history short,all human beings on this planet are pre-Fijians which have Biblical verses to prove it..Isaiah 51:3,2 Peter 3:5-7,Psalms 50:1 nd Genesis 2:8..i.e their remnants which were left behind around their original place(sunken Vuniivilevu landmass).And they are melanesians nd polynesians.Thats why Fiji is known as the melting pot of the South Pacific,bcos they ve got a mixture of melans nd polys in their dna,nd they used polynesian culture nd traditions.
Well MELEKALIKIMAKA billy, did uno that this thread is almost 7 years old, well let's UPDATED, since Nov. 2012 science has proven that NUKULEKA, TONGATAPU is t first settlement in Polynesia. Oh yeah u r right Vitis, r both Mela n Poly, but mostly Poly.

http://www.livescience.com/24614-first-polyne...

First Polynesians Arrived in Tonga 2,800 Years Ago

The first Polynesian settlers sailed to Tonga between 2,830 and 2,846 years ago, according to new research.

The findings, published Nov. 7 in the journal PLoS One, relied on ultraprecise dating of coral tools found at Tonga's first settlement.

"The technique provides us with unbelievable precision in dating quite ancient materials," said David Burley, a co-author of the study and an archaeologist at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. "This stuff is almost 3,000 years old, and the date range is within 16 years."

The new techniques could be used to trace the migration of Polynesia's prehistoric seafarers as they colonized the archipelagos of the Pacific Ocean, he said.

The Lapita people, the ancestors of modern-day Pacific Islanders, first sailed from coastal New Guinea roughly 5,000 years ago, reaching the Solomon Islands around 3,100 years ago and gradually expanding farther east toward what is now the archipelago Tonga, Burley told LiveScience.

Across a string of Pacific islands, the Lapita left traces of their culture: primitive nail files broken from staghorn coral reefs. The ancient inhabitants of Oceania likely used these coral files to smooth the surfaces of wooden objects or shell bracelets, Burley said.

Archaeologists determine when the Lapita migrated to an island by estimating the age of the earliest coral files there. Historically, they dated the coral files using radioactive carbon isotopes (atoms of the same element with different weights). But precise numbers were elusive, because carbon dating can be off by a few hundred years.[The 9 Craziest Ocean Voyages]

To see if they could do better, Burley and his team analyzed 16 coral files found buried in the sand under the site of Polynesia's oldest known settlement, a small village called Nukuleka on the Tongan island of Tongatapu.

But instead of using radioactive carbon, the team used radioactive uranium and developed a method to date the ancient coral fragments with incredible precision.

The researchers pinpointed the date of first landfall at Tonga to within eight years of 826 B.C.

Because the Lapita scattered such coral files at many sites, the new technique could be used to retrace the steps of the ancient seafarers throughout Oceania with astonishing accuracy, Burley said.

"We can look at this progression across the Pacific in ways we couldn't before," he said.
NiggyMikeQuincy

Honolulu, HI

#2070 Dec 19, 2014
tongangodz wrote:
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Well MELEKALIKIMAKA billy, did uno that this thread is almost 7 years old, well let's UPDATED, since Nov. 2012 science has proven that NUKULEKA, TONGATAPU is t first settlement in Polynesia. Oh yeah u r right Vitis, r both Mela n Poly, but mostly Poly.
http://www.livescience.com/24614-first-polyne...
First Polynesians Arrived in Tonga 2,800 Years Ago
The first Polynesian settlers sailed to Tonga between 2,830 and 2,846 years ago, according to new research.
The findings, published Nov. 7 in the journal PLoS One, relied on ultraprecise dating of coral tools found at Tonga's first settlement.
"The technique provides us with unbelievable precision in dating quite ancient materials," said David Burley, a co-author of the study and an archaeologist at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. "This stuff is almost 3,000 years old, and the date range is within 16 years."
The new techniques could be used to trace the migration of Polynesia's prehistoric seafarers as they colonized the archipelagos of the Pacific Ocean, he said.
The Lapita people, the ancestors of modern-day Pacific Islanders, first sailed from coastal New Guinea roughly 5,000 years ago, reaching the Solomon Islands around 3,100 years ago and gradually expanding farther east toward what is now the archipelago Tonga, Burley told LiveScience.
Across a string of Pacific islands, the Lapita left traces of their culture: primitive nail files broken from staghorn coral reefs. The ancient inhabitants of Oceania likely used these coral files to smooth the surfaces of wooden objects or shell bracelets, Burley said.
Archaeologists determine when the Lapita migrated to an island by estimating the age of the earliest coral files there. Historically, they dated the coral files using radioactive carbon isotopes (atoms of the same element with different weights). But precise numbers were elusive, because carbon dating can be off by a few hundred years.[The 9 Craziest Ocean Voyages]
To see if they could do better, Burley and his team analyzed 16 coral files found buried in the sand under the site of Polynesia's oldest known settlement, a small village called Nukuleka on the Tongan island of Tongatapu.
But instead of using radioactive carbon, the team used radioactive uranium and developed a method to date the ancient coral fragments with incredible precision.
The researchers pinpointed the date of first landfall at Tonga to within eight years of 826 B.C.
Because the Lapita scattered such coral files at many sites, the new technique could be used to retrace the steps of the ancient seafarers throughout Oceania with astonishing accuracy, Burley said.
"We can look at this progression across the Pacific in ways we couldn't before," he said.
Yeah but why some tongans look like monky's and some look like Poly's....I think Tonga was the melting pot of both polynesians and melanesians....Fiji is just Poly influenced...

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#2071 Dec 19, 2014
NiggyMikeQuincy wrote:
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Yeah but why some tongans look like monky's and some look like Poly's....I think Tonga was the melting pot of both polynesians and melanesians....Fiji is just Poly influenced...
Wassup Miggy,

Good question, well besides being t progenitors of Polynesia t Tongans managed through t strength of it's naval force to a mass a maritime empire known as t Tu'i Tonga Empire which was t only one of it's kind in t Pacific n in preEuro times n as for t monkeys we dropped off in Vaihi'i now known as Hawai'i n t we took some to help row t boats back to home ..lololol... True talk :))). Enjoy t read.

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/t...

Tiny Tonga Once Lorded Over 1,000-Mile Pacific Ocean Empire

The seafaring empire of Tonga in the South Pacific Ocean once spanned more than a thousand miles, serving as the hub through which distant settlements exchanged artifacts and ideas, researchers say.

Tonga is an archipelago of about 160 Polynesian islands, with the core of the kingdom covering an area of about 195,000 square miles. The islands, located about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand, were first settled about 2,800 years ago by the Lapita people.

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Tiny Tonga Once Lorded Over 1,000-Mile Pacific Ocean Empire
The seafaring empire of Tonga in the South Pacific Ocean once spanned more than a thousand miles, serving as the hub through which distant settlements exchanged artifacts and ideas, researchers say.

Tonga is an archipelago of about 160 Polynesian islands, with the core of the kingdom covering an area of about 195,000 square miles. The islands, located about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand, were first settled about 2,800 years ago by the Lapita people.

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GEOFFREY CLARK
A centuries-old stone structure still stands at Heketa, Tongatapu.
Beginning about 800 years ago, a powerful chiefdom arose in Tonga, unique in Oceania — that is, the islands of the South Pacific — in how it successfully united an entire archipelago of islands. However, much remained unknown about how far Tonga's influence actually reached.

To learn more about the extent of Tonga's empire, scientists chemically analyzed nearly 200 stone tools excavated from the centers of its leaders, especially artifacts from the royal tombs on Tongatapu, the main island of Tonga.

They found that stone artifacts in Tonga often matched rock samples from Samoa and Fiji — in fact, 66 percent of stone tools analyzed from Tonga were long-distance imports. One tool apparently was made from rock that came from as far away as Tahiti, about 1,550 miles east of Tongatapu. In contrast, stone tools from a monumental stone mound in Samoa were made from local sources of rock.

These findings revealed that Tonga was the center of a maritime empire that goods flowed toward as tribute from distant locales. The researchers suggest these exotic artifacts may have served as status symbols among Tongan elites.

"Complex societies like the Tongan maritime chiefdom had extensive contacts with other island groups," Clark told LiveScience. "The chiefdom was an important interaction hub through which ideas, goods and people could move over large distances."

—Charles Q. Choi, LiveScience

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#2072 Dec 19, 2014
NiggyMikeQuincy wrote:
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Yeah but why some tongans look like monky's and some look like Poly's....I think Tonga was the melting pot of both polynesians and melanesians....Fiji is just Poly influenced...
Hi Miggy,

Below is more on t Tonga n Hawaii connection if u r not only interested in our looks but may I hope on t history of our ppl n their accomplishments.

"Complex societies like the Tongan maritime chiefdom had extensive contacts with other island groups," Clark told Live Science. "The chiefdom was an important interaction hub through which ideas, goods and people could move over large area of ocean.

http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx ...

NUKU'ALOFA, PNS - The discovery of more than 50 ancient rock engravings in Tonga has excited archaeologists, who say they demonstrate the links between the Pacific island and Hawaii before Europeans arrived.

"The site is a truly significant discovery in illustrating the remarkable Polynesian voyaging capacity," archaeologist David Burley, a specialist in Tongan history, told AFP.

"In the pre-European era, whether Tongans went to Hawaii, Hawaiians to Tonga or some other possibility, it illustrates a connectedness of west and east Polynesia in later pre-history that is under-appreciated."

Tonga, where Mr Burley has previously documented a fishing village established 2900 years ago as the first settlement in Polynesia, is 5,060 kilometres from Hawaii.

The rock drawings, or petroglyphs, include images of humans and animals and are on two slabs of beach-rock that were exposed by erosion on Tonga's Foa island. They are in the style of the earliest stick figure forms in Hawaii, which would place them between the years 1250 and 1550.

Mr Burley said the dates correlated closely with two adjacent archaeological sites on Foa, a village and a pigeon-snaring mound, that had been placed in the period 1450 to 1650.

"In short, I am fully convinced that the site is pre-Captain Cook," he said referring to the English explorer who stayed in Tonga for three months in 1777.
First Fijian

Congleton, UK

#2073 Dec 20, 2014
Researchers made by scientists have shown that the skin colour of the pre-flood race was mid-brown.Because it contains the red,white,yellow nd black skin colours in it.And its hair textures are curley hair type,as it contains both straight and afro..If you see the hair type of the island people or coastal people of most parts of Fiji,they are mostly curls.And they are the descendants of the first settlers of Fiji,which can be dated back to 2000+ yrs BC,according to archaelogical excavations in Moturiki Island.The afro hairs in Fiji were brought by Lutunasobasobas crew who arrived late in the 1600s,nd they are the hill tribes.

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#2074 Dec 21, 2014
First Fijian wrote:
Researchers made by scientists have shown that the skin colour of the pre-flood race was mid-brown.Because it contains the red,white,yellow nd black skin colours in it.And its hair textures are curley hair type,as it contains both straight and afro..If you see the hair type of the island people or coastal people of most parts of Fiji,they are mostly curls.And they are the descendants of the first settlers of Fiji,which can be dated back to 2000+ yrs BC,according to archaelogical excavations in Moturiki Island.The afro hairs in Fiji were brought by Lutunasobasobas crew who arrived late in the 1600s,nd they are the hill tribes.
Billy,

Can u shoot me a link man. Thanx yeah!!!
iSland Olosega

Los Angeles, CA

#2075 Dec 23, 2014
Se Ufa !

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