Friday, September 23, 2011

A few shots from Tonga

[Click to enlarge them. Apologies for the lack of text: we only got back this morning. I've written about previous trips to Tongatapu here and here, and about a sojourn on 'Eua here.]


Anonymous Jono said...

Heh, those colourful little crabs on the mudflats on the back site of Pangaimotu are crazy. Cant say much for the fish and chips at the bar though.

2:26 pm  
Anonymous Scott said...

Hi Jono,

has any archaeological work been done on Pangaimotu in recent times? McKern's pioneering report on Tongan archaeological sites contains accounts of the excavation of a kitchen midden site along the coast, and of a godhouse mound inland. I found a coastal midden, though I'm not sure it's the one McKern mentioned, and I thought I found the mound. I also spotted what I thought was an old langi quarry at the northern end of the island, but the spot was underwater.

I would have thought Pangaimotu would have been very attractive to the Lapita people, but I can't find a dot on the island on maps of Lapita sites in Tonga...a lot happened there in more recent times, though...

6:27 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

these pics are...well...bourgeois?

11:09 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think its pretty that we still have a king because its just cool. hahaha! nah but foreals thou we sound hella cool when we say tongas got a king. LOL heeyyyyyyy! lmao

3:05 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not that I know of, and I would imagine given its a pretty small place that the soil has been pretty well worked over. Sadly I didnt have much of a chance to explore when we visited, spending most of the time wrangling the then almost two year old.

1:37 pm  
Anonymous Heather said...

such a great article it was which we only got back this morning. Its written about previous trips to Tongatapu here and here, and about a sojourn on. Its such a nice place. Thanks for sharing this article.

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