By By Charles Q. Choi, Live Science Contributor
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.
This finding could help explain the rise of monumental structures throughout the Pacific starting about 700 years ago, scientists added.
Tonga is an archipelago of about 160 Polynesian islands, with the core of the kingdom covering an area of about 195,000 square miles (500,000 square kilometers). 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.
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. ...more
You can own a piece of this magical empire without having to make a trip to the South Pacific! Right here on Addoway is #AsmatCollection / Dominque Rice, who with her husband has spent years traveling/hiking into jungles and remote regions as these gorgeous islands.
Item 2A3 in our inventory, Lovely Serving Platter with lots of handcarved detail from the remote trobriand Islands, Melanesia. Mother of pearl inlays all over. Great collectable.
This is a beautiful completely hand carved hand crafted Melanesian (remote Massim region) bowl seen on photo 1 and following photos, with delicate time consuming hand incised motifs on border and adorned with inserts of mother of pearl all over, from the isolated Trobriand Islands, beautifully carved by a local master carver with rudimentary tools. We show pictures of people and yam houses we took when we go there, and other examples of Trobriand hand carved art on the following photos, also available and that we will be listing regularely when we have time. ...more