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PAGO PAGO, Samoa (Pacnews, April 27) — Evidence of what may be
the first settlement by Samoans along the coast of American Samoa’s main island,
Tutuila, may have been discovered by an archaeology team at Fatu-ma-Futi

The excavations shows post holes from three different ancient
houses, which archaeologist David Addison attributes to the big house pattern of
Polynesia, judging from the size of the poles.

Stone tools were also discovered at the site and Addison says
that stone tools from Tutuila have been found as far away as the Solomon Islands
in the west and the Cook Islands in the east, Tonga and Fiji.

Geochemical analysis has proven that these tools came form
ancient workshops on Tutuila.

The age of the site is not known, though it is widely believed
that the first Samoans arrived on Tutuila about 3,500 years ago, roughly the
same time when Moses was leading the Israelites to the Promised Land.

Addison says he thinks that this was the first settlement at
Fatu ma Futi because it was right on a sandy beach and later, when people made
plantations on the slopes, dirt washed down the hill and over the centuries
covered the early occupation.

April 28, 2003

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