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In July 2004, an archaeological dig at Teouma, near Port Vila, unearthed Lapita pottery, and the skeletal remains of nine Lapita people, chickens and pigs, dating back to 3200 years ago. The first people to settle, establish crops and have domestic animals, they had crossed the sea from the Solomon Islands.

Between the 11th and 15th centuries AD, Polynesians arrived from the central Pacific in sailing canoes holding up to 50 people, live animals, and gardens growing in the boats. Vanuatu's traditions tell of cultural heroes arriving around this time from islands to the east, bringing with them new skills and customs.