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Site potential

Torika Tokalau
Friday, May 16, 2014

THE Laucala Beach heritage site at Tagimoucia Place in Sekoula Rd poses immense potential, a Fiji Museum report states.

The archeological excavation report by the Fiji Museum in 2012 stated that the heritage site situated on vacant land in a residential zone is a crown reserve that was utilised for gardening by the local residents.

"The site is a ring ditch fortification locally known as Waidamudamu, surveyed previously in the late 60s and 70s by government assessors with the intention of preserving it," the report stated.

"Waidamudamu possesses great qualities for spatial development of both cultural and natural attraction for the public.

"If considered for special attention by government and non-government funding, the site poses immense potential to showcase the diverse fauna and flora of Fiji together with an added spectacular cultural heritage site of a ring ditch fortified settlement."

Co-founder of the Laucala Beach Sustainability Society and project co-ordinator for the rehabilitation of the site, Apisalome Movono said anecdotal evidence suggested that the 1.3 hectare land was originally constructed by the people of Vutia, Rewa and was originally named Naivoco.

"The exact time of construction dated through radiocarbon dated pottery and spear fragments confirm that the site was constructed in the mid 1700s to the early 1800s, about 300 years before cession to Great Britain.

"In the early 1800s, possibly 1810, the last known battle was fought between invaders from the hill tribes of Naitasiri (Kalabu) and warriors who resided on the site."

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