Seafaring Part of Human’s Ancient Past

Komos Beach on the south coast of Crete, near Matala Source: Own photo. Crete, 2004 Photographer: Arne Nordmann (norro), Germany From Wikimedia Commons

In case you didn’t know Crete is an island.  Shocking, I know but stay with me.  Crete has been an island for five million years.  What happens when you find a quartz stone hand ax on Crete 130,000 years old? You drop a quartz brick in your pants

“I was flabbergasted,” said Boston University archaeologist and stone-tool expert Curtis Runnels. “The idea of finding tools from this very early time period on Crete was about as believable as finding an iPod in King Tut‘s tomb.”

This suggests that Homo heidelbergensis had the ability to set sail pushing the ability to island hop tens of thousands of millennia earlier than expected.