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Apunirereha findings makes history for country

Some of the stone adzes found at Apunirereha from the recent archaeological excavation. Photo from the National Museum

THE archaeological findings of old stones used at Apunirereha site near Maniaha Village in East Are’Are, Malaita Province, sets a new history for the country.

The findings give the oldest records of inhabitation in the country, going further back than the former record held by the findings in Poha.

The excavation work at Apunirereha site started couple of years ago and is still yet being investigated since there are lots of interesting evidence which may point to more interesting findings.

Staff within the department of museum under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism indicated that there are new dating coming up from the excavation work that will set a new history for the country.

He said the current dating found for the oldest inhabitants of the country was found at Poha, and was dated 6,000 years ago.

However, the staff said that Apunirereha findings seem to supersede Poha findings where the Biela lotic period of findings dated back to 30,000 to 40,000 years ago.

“This is an interesting finding for the country and new history will record for the country if the project complete.

“According to the finding made over the last couple of years on the project, it already has potential to come out with new dating history.

“Thus, the project eyes more work so that more findings and other relative archaeological activities to take place to actually make the final report of the findings,” he said.

The staff said the project studied old-stone used at the site (Apunirereha) which led to the findings of the old inhabitants believed to have been existed in the area and beyond.

He revealed that the project will continue as excavation work is expected to resume by the end of this year.

The staff said the Ministry of Culture and Tourism through its department of culture and museum are working closely with archaeologists from Germany to continue the work.

A part of the finding was published last year as there are more interesting findings people expect to learn as the project continues.



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