Plakias Survey Finds Mesolithic and Palaeolithic Artifacts on Crete

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American School of Classical Studies at Athens
January 2, 2010

Article on the Plakias Survey, led by Eleni Panagopoulou (Ephoreia of Palaeoanthropology and Speleology, Southern Greece) and ASCSA alumnus and Managing Committee member Thomas Strasser (Providence College) under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Greece. The survey identified 29 sites associated with caves and rockshelters and collected a sample of just over 2,000 stone artifacts attributable to the Mesolithic and the Lower Palaeolithic periods. Since Crete has been an island for five million years, these findings have significant implications for the history of seafaring in the Mediterranean.