Chief Roi Mata’s Domain

Chief Roi Mata’s Domain

Roy Mata was a powerful 13th century Melanesian chief from what is now Vanuatu. His elaborate grave, containing the bodies of over 25 members of his retinue, was discovered by French archaeologist Jose Garranger in 1967 and inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2008. Garranger was able to locate the grave on Eretoka island by analyzing local folklore. According to legend, when Roy Mata conquered the land, his first goal was to unite the tribes. His reign is reputed to have been a peaceful one. Sadly, Roy Mata was poisoned to death by his brother, but his body was not buried on his homeland because the locals feared his spirit. To this date, the name Roy Mata is never used.

In 2008, three sites associated with Roy Mata, on the islands of Efate, Lelepa and Eretoka, were made UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Roy Mata was a powerful 13th century Melanesian chief from what is now Vanuatu.

Recommended world heritage video

  1. Southwest National Park

    Southwest National Park

  2. Fiordland National Park

    Fiordland National Park

  3. Milford Sound

    Milford Sound

  1. Tasmanian Wilderness

    Tasmanian Wilderness

  2. Kakadu National Park

    Kakadu National Park

  3. Macquarie Island

    Macquarie Island

  1. East Rennell

    East Rennell

  2. Gondwana Rainforests

    Gondwana Rainforests

  3. Mount Barney National Park

    Mount Barney National Park

  1. Levuka Historical Port Town

    Levuka Historical Port Town

  2. Mount Aspiring National Park

    Mount Aspiring National Park

  3. Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand

    Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand

  1. Shark Bay, Western Australia

    Shark Bay, Western Australia

  2. Kuk Early Agricultural Site

    Kuk Early Agricultural Site

  3. Kata Tjuta

    Kata Tjuta

  1. Heard and McDonald Islands

    Heard and McDonald Islands

  2. Great Barrier Reef

    Great Barrier Reef

  3. Fraser Island

    Fraser Island

  1. Bikini Atoll, nuclear tests site

    Bikini Atoll, nuclear tests site

  2. Australian Convict Sites

    Australian Convict Sites

  3. Tongariro National Park

    Tongariro National Park

  1. New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands

    New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands

  2. Rock Islands Southern Lagoon

    Rock Islands Southern Lagoon

  3. Sydney Opera House

    Sydney Opera House

  1. Purnululu National Park

    Purnululu National Park

  2. Lord Howe Island Group

    Lord Howe Island Group

  3. Greater Blue Mountains Area

    Greater Blue Mountains Area

  1. Ningaloo Coast

    Ningaloo Coast

  2. Wet Tropics of Queensland

    Wet Tropics of Queensland

facebook comments
To the Top