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Excavation uncovers the secrets of Vanuatu's "Port Sandwich"

Excavation uncovers the secrets of Vanuatu's "Port Sandwich"

Updated 3 July 2014, 9:50 AEST

In Vanuatu, excavation is underway at Lamap in South Malekula as part of research into the impact of the first arrival of Europeans in the 18th century.

Doctor Stuart Bedford from the Australian National University's College of Asia and the Pacific is leading the research into the area first visited by Captain James Cook in 1774.

Captain Cook called the area "Port Sandwich" and many Europeans followed, taking with them labour trafficking, boats and, crucially, guns which had a major impact on tribal conflict in the area.

Dr Bedford is speaking with Hilaire Bule.

Reporter: Hilaire Bule

Speaker: Dr Stuart Bedford, Australian National University College of Asia and the Pacific

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