700K Years: A Greek Odyssey


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.

Remarkable Time Travel

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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.

Prehistoric Greece

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These insights emerged through archaeological investigations in the Megalopolis basin, where five significant sites have been identified.

Archaeological Investigations

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This site provides a compelling narrative with stone tools and deer bones, indicative of hunting activities.

Choremi 7 (280,000 years ago)

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It showcases advancements in stone tool craftsmanship compared to other sites.

Tripotamos 4 (400,000 years old)

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Unearthed evidence suggests interactions with hippos, providing unique insights.

Marathoussa 2 (450,000 years old)

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This site indicates the butchering of elephants, highlighting the significant strength and skill required.

Marathoussa 1

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The oldest of the sites, it features remnants of giant deer, hippos, rhinos, elephants, and even macaques, making it a crown jewel of discovery.

Kyparissia 4 (700,000 years old)

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These findings significantly enhance our comprehension of human evolution in Europe by bridging a crucial knowledge gap.

Filling Critical Gaps

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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.

Megalopolis Basin's Rich History

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