There are burial sites all over the world. Although many are already well known, there are always more being discovered. Here is one such example.
Researchers are currently uncovering a historical burial site on the Pacific island of Pohnpei. It is a thin, rainy island that is part of the Federated States of Micronesia. The graveyard is located on the coast and appears to be an ancient graveyard for chiefs. According to a Fox News report by Rob Verger, the place is also a ceremonial and cultural site and is called Nan Madol. Anthropologists suggest the tomb of the first chiefs is approximately one century older than other similar Pacific island cemeteries. Perhaps this place was the center of most important cultural rituals as it is where former chiefs were buried.
Pre-colonial history of the island indicates that society as highly structured. Five feudal based tribes of various clans were headed by two chiefs. These heads of state, so to speak, owned the land and had absolute rule. Over time these tribes lost their power and possession under the missionary weight of early European contact from Germany and Spain. Later contact from Japan and the United States also influenced life on the island.
Anthropologists are using coral dating and volcanic rock found in construction of tombs and other structures along with oral histories may assist them in their efforts to find more important details about the society that lived there.