About 1000 years ago, Tonga was a powerful state that united an entire group of islands in Oceania. Now, archaeologists have learned just how far its reach extended by examining the archipelago’s stone tools. According to results published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 66% of the tools excavated and analyzed in Tonga were imported from Fiji, Samoa, and the Society Islands. The finding suggests that the empire served as a hub for people to exchange products and political ideas across the region.
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