Ancient pottery maps route to South Pacific

New dating of New Guinea artifacts is first hard evidence of 3,000-year-old cultural connection between islanders and seafarers

New Guinea pottery

HIGHLAND MIX  Pottery fragments (far right) found in New Guinea are more than 3,000 years old, suggesting to researchers that island natives — who also made various stone implements (center and left) — influenced an Asian seafaring culture that spread eastward.

D. Gaffney 2015

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