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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, Jan. 3) - The Director of the Solomon Islands National Museum, Mr. Lawrence Foanaota, says that for the first time, ancient pieces of pottery have recently been found in the Sepi area of Bugotu in Isabel Province.

He says the pieces of pottery were found during a preliminary fieldwork relating to archaeology, anthropology and history.

[PIR editor’s note: The island of Santa Isabel is located north of Guadalcanal and west of Malaita in the Solomon Islands.]

Foanaota says the trip was part of a planned three-year program on Isabel to try to establish the historical links Isabel may have with neighboring islands of Choiseul, Western, Guadalcanal and Malaita.

"My two colleagues, Dr. David Rowe from James Cook University and Field Archaeologist from the National Museum and Mr. Lawrence Kiko, went out to do surveys, in caves," Foanaota said. "On the last day, on Friday, before they went to Buala to catch the flight to return, the two found for the first time some fragments of pottery."

Foanaota says the finding is very encouraging for Isabel because it opens up the possibility for sponsors to help do further surveys on Isabel.

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