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Early humans moved through Mediterranean earlier than believed

By 17th October 2019 October 27th, 2019 No Comments

An international research team led by scientists from McMaster University in Canada has unearthed new evidence in Greece proving that the island of Naxos was inhabited by Neanderthals and earlier humans at least 200,000 years ago, tens of thousands of years earlier than previously believed. The findings, published in Science Advances, are based on years of excavations and challenge current thinking about human movement in the region – long thought to have been inaccessible and uninhabitable to anyone but modern humans.


Dr. Christelle Lahaye (co-author of paper at the Université Michel Montaigne, Bordeaux, France) prepares a dating sample for the Optically Stimulated Luminescence technique. Credit: Jason Lau

The French members of the team are from IRAMAT-CRP2A (UMR 5060–CNRS/Université Bordeaux Montaigne).

Read the research paper: Earliest occupation of the Central Aegean (Naxos), Greece: Implications for hominin and Homo sapiens’ behavior and dispersals. Tristan Carter et al. Science Advances 

Read the press release from McMaster University. 

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A video explaining the Stelida Naxos Archeological Project can be found at: