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03/01/2011
Archeologists have discoverd the evidence of sea travel tools over 130,000 old on south coast of Crete Island
Despite the lengthy investigation of Cretan prehistory, undisputed evidence of habitation on the island before the Neolithic period (7.000-3000 BC) were not identified until recently. In 2008 and 2009 multi-disciplinary team headed by Thomas Strasser (American School of Classical Studies at Athens) and Eleni Panagopoulos (Ephorate Paleoanthropology-Speleology of Southern Greece) carried out a survey in the area of Plakias in southern Crete in order to detect residual Mesolithic (10,000 -7000 BC). The team found not only in the Mesolithic, and Paleolithic sites, the main of which are located in the gorge is charmed and dating from 130000-700000 BP. Tools (handaxes and axes) refer to Achelaia cultural tradition, which is linked to Homo heidelbergensis and Homo erectus and, given that Crete was the island then, are the oldest evidence of early shipping internationally. The Paleolithic tools found in association with elevated marine terraces, which geologists date to at least 130,000 years.The results not only substantiate sea voyages in the Mediterranean thousands of years earlier than we knew until today, but change and assess the cognitive abilities of early forms of man. Research areas Plakias - Preveli among the ten most important archaeological discoveries of 2010 by the magazine Archaeology.

Source Greek Ministry of culture

 
25/10/2010
The BTWG gives thw first prize on new museum of Acropolis in Athens
The new Acropolis has won the British Guid of Travel Writes (BGTW) global award for The Best Worlwide Tourism Project for 2010.
 
27/09/2010
The British Library has digitised over 100,000 pages of Greek manuscripts with financial aid of Stavros Niarchos Foundation
The British Library with the financial aid of Stavros Niarchos Foundation provides researchers throw the microsite - www.bl.uk/manuscripts to high quality digital images of a major part of the library's Greek manuscripts collection and enhanced metadata enabling search by users The digitised materials from Iliad and Odyssey throughout the Hellenistic, early Christian, Byzantine and Ottoman eras and beyond provides witnesses of the rich culture of the Greek-speaking peoples.They are fundamental to understanding of the Classical and Byzantine Greece, according to British Library. On his introduction Mary Beard, professor of Classics, University of Cambridge, said: "The British Library has one of the world's great collections of Greek manuscripts. This is exactly what we have all hoped for from new technology, but so rarely get.It opens up a precious resource to anyone,from the specialist to the curious, anywhere in the world, for free." The collection of 1000 Greek manuscripts and over 3000 Greek papyrus,a comprehensive collection of early Greek printing, makes the organisation one of the crucial centres outside Greece for the study of over 2000 years of Hellenic culture. The Greek manuscripts contain rare and rich information for researchers working on the literature, history, science, religion, philosophy and art of the whole of the Eastern Mediterranean in the Classical and Byzantine periods.