Findings indicate existence of Neanderthals on Greek island of Naxos
|Aerial view of Stélida from the West [Credit: D. Depnering]|
The majority of finds, located on the surface during the 2013 research, were mostly carved stones while a quantity of emery was found (a material that is widely found on the island but not at Stelida). The ceramics found in the area are very rare and are rather from a later era.
The Central Archaeological Council approved the five-year programme for the continuation of the research that will focus on the dating of the finds that changes the prehistoric data on Cyclades.
|Middle Palaeolithic Levallois flakes and flake tools from the survey |
[Credit: McMaster University]
The new programme has multiple targets. One of them is the dating of the site with the use of scientific technics in order to clarify when the early humans migrated to Europe through the Aegean basin and if this migration was realised through the sea. Moreover, an in detail analysis of the artifacts will take place and the relations of the early humans, meaning the Neanderthals and the Homo Sapiens, will be examined.
For more information visit The Stélida Naxos Archaeological Project's Website.
Source: NewsBomb [May 21, 2015]