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Neanderthals in a boat? Not such a far-fetched notion after all

Department of Anthropology research bolsters theory that our primitive cousins were more sophisticated than previously thought.

Jan 01, 2017

Dr. Tristian Carter, an archeologist at McMaster University, has co-directed a new round of investigations on Naxos island in Greece. He and a handful of others working in the region have begun to furnish evidence that humans reached the islands of the Aegean Sea 250,000 years ago and maybe earlier. If those dates are confirmed, it means the first people there were Neanderthals, their probable ancestors, Homo heidelbergensis or maybe even Homo erectus.

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The Stélida Naxos Archaeological Project

The Stélida Naxos Archaeological Project [SNAP], is a geo-archaeological excavation directed by Dr. Tristan Carter of McMaster University. The work began in 2013, working under the Canadian Institute in Greece.

For more information, photographs, profiles of the researchers and McMaster students involved in the  dig visit the Stélida Naxos Archaeological Project (SNAP) website.