Archaeologists have discovered a set of tools they believe prove that man sailed the sea tens of thousands of years earlier than previously thought. Crete has been separated from the mainland of Greece for about five million years, so whoever made the tools must have traveled there by sea, a distance of at least 40 miles.
The previous earliest evidence was of sea travel was 60,000 years ago; in Greece it was 11,000 years ago. The findings upset the current view that human ancestors migrated to Europe from Africa by land alone. The Greek Culture Ministry said in a statement yesterday: ‘The results of the survey not only provide evidence of sea voyages in the Mediterranean tens of thousands of years earlier than we were aware of so far, but also change our understanding of early hominids’ cognitive abilities.’