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Stone tools at Greek site at least 206,000 years old

Geoarchaeologist Vangelis Tourloukis of Eberhard Karls Universitat Tubingen in Germany told the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists that stone implements from a higher sediment layer at a site known as Kokkinopilos date back to about 206,000 years ago, while implements from a higher sediment layer date to about 172,000 years ago.

Stone tools at Greek site at least 206,000 years old
A stone tool pokes out of sediment where it was recovered at Greece’s Kokkinopilos site. 
Also shown in the inset, this artifact comes from soil that dates to about 
206,000 years ago, a new study finds [Credit: Vangelis Tourloukis]
The red-bed site is emblematic and also enigmatic as it has been stimulating controversy ever since beign discovered in 1962. Early research raised claims for stratigraphically in situ artifacts, later scholars considered the material reworked and of low archaeological value, a theory that was soon to be challenged again by the discovery of in situ artifacts, including handaxes.

The results of a long-term study include geoarcheological assessments, geomorphological mapping and luminescence dating.

Source: Protothema [April 03, 2015]

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