Cretan tools point to 130,000-year-old sea travelJanuary 3, 2011 in Other Sciences / Archaeology & Fossils
Greece's culture ministry says archaeologists on the island of Crete have discovered what may be evidence of one of the world's earliest sea voyages by humans.
Crete has been separated from the mainland 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 of open-sea travel in Greece dates back 11,000 years (worldwide, about 60,000 years - although considerably earlier dates have been proposed).
The ministry said Monday it is to conduct a more thorough excavation of the area.
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