According to archaeological evidence (mostly pottery), Fiji and the Kadavu area was probably settled in three distinct waves of migration. There is much discussion as to where the earliest wave dates between 1260 and 900 B.C. There is much discussion as where exactly this first migration came from but it is most likely that the ancestors of current day Fijians (and Kadavuans) came from the area around Papua New Guinea, along with the ancestors of all present day Polynesians. However, another well-known theory proposes that the people of Kadavu may have come from the East before settling in the area, as opposed to the rest of Fiji where movement was from the West. This is based on the similarity of words with the southernmost part of the Lauan group of islands.