The excavation was carried out in 1952 by American archaeologists Edward W. The settlement and pottery sherds were later dated to 800 BCE and proved significant in research on the early peopling of the Pacific Islands.
How can such a common ceremony be so different to everyone? At the time of the first known European contact with the Polynesian world in the 1500s, there were probably around half a million people scattered throughout the region.European powers competed for ownership of most of Polynesia's inhabited islands.The Polynesians are the original inhabitants of a vast string of islands in the Pacific Ocean, from New Zealand in the south to Hawaii in the north. Their differences are often subtle and not readily perceived by outsiders. The cultures of the region share many traits with each other.In the Pacific region, there is an important distinction between "high" islands and "low" islands.