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Ancient Greek Civilization Rewritten by a Quarter Million Years


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Stone tools dating back to the Lower Palaeolithic period were discovered in the Peloponnese in June 2023. Credit: Ministry of Culture

In June 2023, an archaeological find in the Peloponnese rewrote the ancient Greek civilization, in one of the most sensational discoveries of the decade.

Stone tools dating back to the Lower Palaeolithic period, estimated to be around 3.3 million to 300,000 years old, were discovered deep in an open coal mine in the Megalopolis area.

This find significantly pushed back the timeline of human presence in Greece, challenging the prevailing understanding of the region’s early civilizations.

The Greek site was one of five investigated in the Megalopolis area during a five-year project involving an international team of experts.

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