Lapita Pottery Archaeological Sites
Lapita Pottery Archaeological Sites is part of the Tentative list of Tonga in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Lapita Pottery Archaeological Sites is a contribution by Tonga to a proposed transnational serial site highlighting decorated ceramics from the Lapita culture, a prehistoric Pacific civilization that populated Oceania from approximately 1600 to 500 BCE. Lapita pottery has been identified in over 30 sites throughout the islands of Tonga, and reflects the initial human colonization of Tonga approximately 2800 years ago. Additional Lapita archaeological sites from Papua New Guinea to Samoa provide evidence to the first colonization of Oceania.
Map of Lapita Pottery Archaeological SitesLoad map
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
Not sure what to think of this. I visited Tonga for 1 week and explored mostly the main island (maybe in the Ha'apai it's better?) where there is also a location. First of all, nobody knew about the Lapita Pottery SITES (they know about the pottery). It's not included in any tour.
I visited the Nukuleka site. It's there. But there is no excavations at the moment going on. It's just covered up and you cannot see anything. I tried to find pottery in a museum in Tonga but I was told what was there was taken abroad.
WHS? I do understand the value of Lapita pottery, but the sites themselves don't have any interesting value. I think it's a great museum piece and that's it.
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2007 Added to Tentative List
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