Tattooing tools made and used 2,700 years ago include two blades made on human bone.
Soft power is a country's ability to gain influence through attraction. Australia's soft power in the Pacific began waning when it axed the Australia Network in 2014. And China is filling the gap.
Scott Morrison stepped up Australia's engagement with the Pacific by visiting Vanuatu and Fiji last week and announcing a bilateral partnership with the latter. Here's what he achieved.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison's historic visit to Vanuatu is centred around security. This fits a pattern shifting the focus from development to militarisation in Australia's Pacific foreign policy.
Australia's international relationships were tested in 2018. And the coming year may prove to be even more challenging.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has a busy summit season ahead of him. After early foreign policy stumbles, it's important he reads his briefs, listens to the diplomats and stays humble.
Fijians go to the polls this week in only the second general election since a 2006 coup in which the current prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, seized power. He won an election in 2014.
The Pacific push is against the background of China's growing involvement in the area.
In a speech to the Lowy Institute on Monday, Shorten says Australia's Pacific neighbours want partners for infrastructure projects – “and as PM, I intend to make sure they look to Australia first.
Compared to China's naval ambitions, we seem slow-moving and complacent and lack the agility to keep up with the times.
Introducing yet another special agricultural employment visa might destroy the good things about the ones we've got.
These 'snailfish' look too fragile to exist several miles below the waves.
Eighty years ago, we were just as scared of the Japanese buying our assets as we are of the Chinese today. So what does this say about the future of Australia in the Asia-Pacific region?
To address environmental degradation, including climate change, it is essential to take into account human rights and migration. Hybrid international law and regional thinking are both essential.
If researchers shared their data, we could take a big step towards saving the world's coral reefs.
Recent archaeological evidence shows the remote islanders didn't commit 'ecocide' after all.
New research shows that global warming has already begun to exacerbate extremes of rainfall in the Pacific region – with more to come.
In the Pacific region, customary laws could create problems when implementing international law associated with climate change.
Australia's decision to take another step back from international broadcasting by ceasing its far reaching border crossing shortwave radio services has raised questions about who will fill the void.
Researchers ran computer simulations that take into account environmental variability and geographical setting to investigate how early explorers made it to these tiny, remote islands in the Pacific.