John is a computer & electrical engineer with a Ph D in Artificial Intelligence, a...
Read More We always underestimate ancient man and they deserve much more credit than we give them.
Archaeologists cannot be certain about whether the tools found on Crete were made by Homo sapiens or another pre-human ancestor.
One hundred and thirty thousand years ago, modern humans shared the world with other hominids, like Neanderthals and Homo heidelbergensis.
“The results of the survey not only provide evidence of sea voyages in the Mediterranean tens of thousands of years earlier than we were aware of so far, but also change our understanding of early hominids’ cognitive abilities,” said the Greek Culture Ministry in a statement about the discovery.
The research, if confirmed by further study, will turn the timetable of technological development on its head and offer new perspectives on how ancient humans migrated and expanded throughout the world.
Until this discovery, it was believed that ancient humans reached Crete, Cyprus, a few other Greek islands, and possibly Sardinia, no earlier than 12,000 years ago.
However, remarkably, the stone tools found at Parkia were dated to at least 130,000 years old.
However, experts on early nautical history have said that the ancient mariners would have required something much studier to make the distance between North Africa and Crete.Their research is forcing scholars to rethink the maritime capabilities of early human and pre-human cultures.The team of archaeologists were carrying out excavations in a gorge on the island of Crete when they discovered a Palaeolithic site in the canyon of Preveli, where more than 30 hand axes and hundreds of other stone tools, such as cleavers and scrapers, made from quartz were found scattered across more than 20 different locations.It was a few years ago that a Greek-American archaeological team made a startling discovery – they found the oldest indications of seafaring and navigation in the world, in an area called Plakia on Crete Island in Greece.It is an incredibly important discovery that is given little attention, despite the fact that it reached the top ten discoveries of 2010.