BY: SANJAY VERMA
Recent archaeological discoveries in Greece have extended our understanding of human presence back in time by a staggering 250,000 years, uncovering a history that reaches back 700,000 years.
The newfound evidence paints a vivid picture of ancient Greece where humans not only inhabited the region but also engaged in impressive game hunting, including hippos and elephants, spanning from 280,000 to 700,000 years ago.
These insights emerged through archaeological investigations in the Megalopolis basin, where five significant sites have been identified.
This site provides a compelling narrative with stone tools and deer bones, indicative of hunting activities.
It showcases advancements in stone tool craftsmanship compared to other sites.
Unearthed evidence suggests interactions with hippos, providing unique insights.
This site indicates the butchering of elephants, highlighting the significant strength and skill required.
The oldest of the sites, it features remnants of giant deer, hippos, rhinos, elephants, and even macaques, making it a crown jewel of discovery.
These findings significantly enhance our comprehension of human evolution in Europe by bridging a crucial knowledge gap.
The Megalopolis basin, with its well-preserved fossils, tools, and plant remains, offers a detailed window into life hundreds of thousands of years ago. It remains an archaeological treasure trove, distinct for its preservation during a time when much of Europe was under the grip of ice sheets.