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AUSTRONESIAN peoples from Southeast Asia have occupied Papua New Guinea from 58,000BCE. wikPI
New Guineans have inhabited Melanesia from 33,000BCE. wikPI
New Guineans have occupied SOLOMON ISLANDS from at least 28,000BCE. wikPI
PHILIPPINES have been occupied by humans via land bridges from at least 28,000BCE. wikPI
c.8000 Asia-Pacific Neolithic age begins until 500. 8000 wikPP
c.4000 Solomon IslandsAustronesians from Solomon Islands migrate eastward. map Chumwa
4000 wikPI
c.4000 TongaPolynesians arrive at TONGA Islands. 4000 wikPI
map Skimel
c.3000 Austronesians on Taiwan island learn long-distance canoe travel and spread themselves and their languages south to the Philippines, Indonesia, and maritime Southeast Asia; west towards Madagascar; southeast towards New Guinea and Melanesia (intermarrying with native Papuans); and east to Micronesia, Oceania and Polynesia. 3000 wikPO
c.3000 VanuatuAustronesians arrive at VANUATU Islands. 4-2000 wikPI
map TUBS
c.2000 AUSTRONESIAN peoples from Taiwan migrate into INDONESIA, push native Melanesians eastward as they expand. 2000 TAWH-16, wikI, wikPI
c.1500 PhilippinesTanged and rectangular adz blades are used in northern Philippines and nowhere else in Indonesia or Melanesia.  These are almost identical to those used much later thruout Polynesia. 1750-1250 mxfld
map Addicted04
by 1500 Moluccas Borneo AUSTRONESIAN peoples reach as far as Borneo and the Moluccas. by 1500 wikPP
Borneo Sadalmelik
Moluccas Lencer
c.1500 FijiFIJI in Melanesia settled by Polynesians. 1500 wikPI 1300 hiwo
map TUBS
c.1500 MelanesiaLAPITANS of Indonesia spread to the Bismarck Archipelago and nearby islands off northeast coast of New Guinea in Melanesia.  Begin a culture that lasts until 200CE. 1500 PW 15, jrnkL, mxfld, wikP, wikPI
Melanesia Cruickshanks
c.1500 DINGO, semi-domesticated in Indonesia from ?, imported to Australia. 1500 TTT
c.1500 New Caledonia, Loyalty IslandsLAPITANS arrive in New Caledonia and Loyalty Islands. 1500 wikPI
map NormanEinstein
c.1350 Santa Cruz Islands MELANESIANS, speaking Austronesian language and making Lapitan pottery, are found from the Reef/Santa Cruz Islands (400km southeast of Solomon Islands) to New Caledonia and reach Fiji Islands. map Chumwa
1350 TAWH 16, 48
1300 mxfld
13-1200 jrnkL
by 1000 B76 2-485, 13-444
c.1350 Classic Lapita pottery begins in the Bismarck Archipelago off the northeast coast of New Guinea, and will continue until 750. 1350 wikLap
c.1300 VanuatuEarliest pottery fragments at VANUATU. 1300 wikPI
map TUBS
c.1300 LAPITANS, in Melanesia from 1500, begin spreading eastward into Polynesia. 1300 wikP 1100 jrnkL
c.1200 AUSTRONESIAN peoples of Indonesia sail eastward to Melanesia. 1200 wikA 
c.1100 Tonga SamoaLAPITANS, ancestors of Polynesians, in Melanesia from 1500, reach Tonga and Samoa. 1100 TAWH 49
1000 PW 15, wikPI
map Skimel
c.1000 Easternmost Lapita site is Mulifanua in Samoa where 4,288 pottery sherds and 2 Lapita type adzes have been recovered. 1000 wikLap
c.1000 TEOUMA on south coast of Efate Island in central Vanuatu occupied by Lapitans.  36 bodies discovered in 25 graves, as well as burial jars.  All skeletons headless with skulls removed after original burial and replaced with rings made from cone shell.  The heads were reburied. 12-1000 apscn 1000 wikLap
c.1000 AUSTRALIA has long distance exchange networks for ornaments and raw materials.  Large villages of round stone houses in south & east. 1000 PW 15
c.1000 Marshall IslandsSuccessive waves of migrations from Southeast Asia spread across Western Pacific, some landing and remaining on Marshall Islands. 1000 wikPI
map Hobe
c.1000 AUSTRONESIAN peoples of Melanesia from 1200, now occupy Polynesia. 1000 wikA
c.1000 Eastern MELANESIANS begin sailing north. 1000 wikPI
c.1000 NiueNIUE Island occupied by Polynesians. 1000 wikPI
map TUBS

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