BU Archaeology Brown Bag Lecture: “The Lower Palaeolithic in Crete (Greece) and its implications for early seafaring and Hominin dispersals” by Professor Curtis Runnels

Starts:
12:00 pm on Friday, February 14, 2014
Ends:
1:00 pm on Friday, February 14, 2014
Location:
Gabel Museum, STO 253
URL:
http://www.bu.edu/archaeology
An Acheulean assemblage from sites in the Plakias region of southwestern Crete includes Large Cutting Tools (handaxes, trihedral picks, cleavers, choppers, massive scrapers, and protobifaces) along with other retouched flake tools. On the basis of geologic context and OSL assays this assemblage can be ascribed to the Middle Pleistocene, although not dated precisely. Considered in its larger regional context, the Cretan Acheulean is similar to the Acheulean Industrial Tradition found on sites from Iberia, western Europe, and SW Asia. The Cretan Acheulean may have been part of an “Out of Africa” dispersal of hominins (probably Homo erectus s. l.) ca. 0.8 – 1.0 mya that involved Mediterranean crossings by boat.