UPDATED: 18:25 GMT, 4 January 2011
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Stone Age Tools Found in Crete Prove Man Sailed the Sea at Least 130,000 Years Ago
In fairness, all it requires is a dugout canoe and a summer day and good skills. That dugout was available naturally with the advent of scraping stones as much as two million years ago. We even have living practice to perfect our knowledge.
Actual tool making and tool work as we understand it coincides with the implied time frames here. Thus it is creditable that the expansion of modern humanity easily crossed most summer seas where wind and current made it practical. I would go further and suggest that they did it often to visit and raid.
The truly hard expeditions were in the South Seas and in the end, even those were breached with similar technology.
Stone Age tools found in Crete prove man sailed the sea at least 130,000 years ago
UPDATED: 18:25 GMT, 4 January 2011
Discovery: Archaeologists in Crete have found tools they believe prove man sailed the sea tens of thousands of years earlier than previously thought
Archaeologists have discovered a set of tools they believe prove that man sailed the sea tens of thousands of years earlier than previously thought.
Rough axes and other tools thought to be between 130,000 and 700,000 years old were found close to shelters on the south coast of the Mediterranean island of Crete.
Crete has been separated from the mainland of Greece for about five million years, so whoever made the tools must have travelled there by sea, a distance of at least 40 miles.
The previous earliest evidence was of sea travel was 60,000 years ago; in Greece it was 11,000 years ago.
The findings upset the current view that human ancestors migrated to Europe from Africa by land alone.
The Greek Culture Ministry said in a statement yesterday: '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.'
The previous earliest evidence of open-sea travel in Greece dates back 11,000 years.
The tools were found during a survey of caves and rock shelters near the village of Plakias by archaeologists from the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the Culture Ministry.
Rough axes and other tools thought to be between 130,000 and 700,000 years old were found close to shelters near the village of Plakias on the south coast of the Mediterranean island
Significant: The previous earliest evidence of sea travel was 60,000 years ago, so the findings upset the current view that human ancestors migrated to Europe from Africa by land alone
MAN'S BEST INVENTIONS
Now that it appears man invented the boat long before 60,000 BC, here is a list of some other breakthrough inventions:
· The Wheel - 5,000 BC
· Musical Instruments - 50,000 BC
· Spears - 400,000 BC
· Housing - 500,000 BC
· Clothing - 500,000 to 100,000 BC
· How to control fire - 1,000,000 BC
· Knife - 1,400,000 to 2,500,000 BC
Such rough stone implements are associated with Heidelberg Man and Homo Erectus, extinct
precursors of the modern human race, which evolved from Africa about 200,000 years ago.
Maria Vlazaki, senior ministry archaeologist, said: 'Up to now we had no proof of Early Stone Age presence on Crete.'
She said it was unclear where the hominids had sailed from, or whether the settlements were permanent.
'They may have come from Africa or from the east,' she said. 'Future study should help.'
The team of archaeologists has applied for permission to conduct a more thorough excavation of the area, which Greek authorities are expected to approve later this year.
Island: Crete has been separated from the mainland of Greece for about five million years, so whoever made the tools must have travelled there by sea, a distance of at least 40 miles