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Bronze Age shipwreck found off Devon coast

Jasper Copping, Telegraph, 13/02/2010

One of the world’s oldest shipwrecks has been discovered off the coast of Devon after lying on the seabed for almost 3,000 years. The wreck has been found in just eight to ten metres of water in a bay near Salcombe, south Devon, by a team of amateur marine archaeologists from the South West Maritime Archaeological Group. In total, 295

Evidence of Stone Age amputation forces rethink over history of surgery

Adam Sag, Sunday Times, 25/01/2010

The surgeon was dressed in a goat or sheep skin and used a sharpened stone to amputate the arm of his patient. The operating theatre was not exactly Harley Street — more probably a wooden shelter — but the intervention was a success, and it has shed light on the medical talents of our Stone Age ancestors. Scientists unearthed evidence

Excavations of a Geometric tomb at Kavrochori (Crete)

On 28th September 2009, we started digging the foundations of our house in Kavrochori, Heraklion, Crete. During the final stages of the digging a hollow and faint sound was heard and we came across a hole. We stopped digging and went to see or rather to meet the history of the area coming from the deep past 3000 years ago!

Did Unemployed Minoan Artists Land Jobs in Ancient Egypt?

Heritage Key, 05-01-2010

One of the most perplexing mysteries that Egyptologists and Aegean experts are tackling is that of the frescoes of Tell el-Dab’a, also known as Avaris. This site was used as the capital of the Hyksos, at a time when they ruled much of Egypt, from 1640 – 1530 BC. It is on the Nile Delta and would have provided access

Excavations by the 25th (KE’) ΕPCΑ at Kastelli Chania

In the final months of 2009, the continuation of the excavation by the 25th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities at Katre street on the hill of Kastelli in the city of Chania, next to the classical fortification of Kidonia, resulted in the discovery of important evidence about the Minoan palatial centre of Chania during the final palatial period (14th-13th

Ancient hominids may have been seafarers

Bruce Bower, ScienceNews, 30/01/2010

Human ancestors that left Africa hundreds of thousands of years ago to see the rest of the world were no landlubbers. Stone hand axes unearthed on the Mediterranean island of Crete indicate that an ancient Homo species — perhaps Homo erectus — had used rafts or other seagoing vessels to cross from northern Africa to Europe via at least some

Underwater research on 3,200 years old shipwreck

Έθνος, 15/01/2010

Important information is being inferred about a particularly significant period in Aegean prehistory through the investigation of a 3,200 year old shipwreck by the Hellenic Institute of Marine Archaeology on the islet of Modi, south of Poros.

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Tools point to early Cretan arrivals

Norman Hammond, Sunday Times, 18/01/2010

Evidence for the world’s earliest seafaring has emerged from an archaeological survey in Crete. Tools of Lower Palaeolithic type, at least 130,000 years old, have been found on the Greek island, which has been isolated by the Mediterranean Sea for at least the past five million years, so that any human ancestors must have arrived by boat. At this date,

Genome Study Provides a Census of Early Humans

Nicholas Wade, New York Times, 18/01/2010

From the composition of just two human genomes, geneticists have computed the size of the human population 1.2 million years ago from which everyone in the world is descended. They put the number at 18,500 people, but this refers only to breeding individuals, the “effective” population. The actual population would have been about three times as large, or 55,500.

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Η ελληνική γλώσσα «υπάρχει» και στα κρητικά ιερογλυφικά

Panagiotis Georgoudis, Ελευθεροτυπία, 24/12/2009

Στα κρητικά ιερογλυφικά, γραφή που υπάρχει από το 2000 π.Χ. στη Μινωική Κρήτη, βρίσκονται στοιχεία της ελληνικής γλώσσας αυτούσια. Πρόκειται για δεδομένο το οποίο καταδεικνύει πως οι Ελληνες υπήρχαν στην Κρήτη τουλάχιστον από την αρχή του μινωικού πολιτισμού, γεγονόςπου το επιβεβαιώνει το σύνολο των σοβαρών ιστορικών πηγών. Η εν λόγω διαπίστωση του μελετητή των Αιγαιακών γραφών, Μηνά Τσικριτσή, είναι αυτοτελώς

Neanderthal ‘make-up’ containers discovered

BBC NEWS, 09/01/2010

Scientists claim to have the first persuasive evidence that Neanderthals wore “body paint” 50,000 years ago. The team report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that shells containing pigment residues were Neanderthal make-up containers. Scientists unearthed the shells at two archaeological sites in the Murcia province of southern Spain. The team says its find buries “the view