discuss, the research questions this project set out to answer were raised by archaeological research elsewhere in Melanesia, but especially by the needs of the VCHSS
. The project aims to establish the date of the earliest human occupation in the archipelago, and to establish cultural sequences for key islands in Vanuatu.
The original office, funded by the European Community, was set up by two professional archaeologists, David Roe and Jean-Christophe Galipaud, who engaged and trained a number of ni-Vanuatu field assistants, among whom were the late Jean-Paul Batick, the present head of the VCHSS
unit Martha Yamsui, Regina Batick and Willie Damelip.
This was a particular inconvenience for the conduct of the VCHSS
, as lack of pottery or other artifact chronologies made it hard to assess the archaeological significance of sites where surface collections were made during surveys.