viernes, 19 de diciembre de 2014

Neolithic remains found in hidden Greek island cave


Añadir leyendaView of the interior of the recently explored Atspas cave on the northern Greek island of Thasos [Credit: Ethnos]

Archaeologists and speliologists exploring the Atspas cave, an almost inaccessible cave near the village of Skala Maries on the Greek island of Thassos, identified human cranial bones, as well as animal bones and a large number of sea shells.

According to archaeologist Anastasios Syros, a small clay 'table', decorated with incised and impressed patterns, was found in the cave.

The 'table', which showed traces of fire, appears to have served as makeshift altar. Nearby, an object carved from animal bone, perhaps a flute, was also discovered.

Both items are tentatively dated to the end of the 5th millennium BC.

Numerous pottery sherds and building remains dating from the Neolithic to the Early Bronze Age were likewise found.

"The pottery as a whole is handmade", says Mr. Syros. "Grooved and impressed wares are common, while painted wares are represented by only two examples, decorated with black and graphite." [...] archaeologynewsnetwork / Link 2