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Research project: Pelekita Cave, Crete

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Pelekita Cave in Eastern Crete was occupied during the Neolithic period.

The Neolithic people are thought to have used the cave for habitation, probably seasonally, and to have housed their animals in the cave. Several informal and stone-built hearths were excavated in situ with pottery, mammal, bird and fish bones, seashells, and chipped and ground stone tools. The project is directed by Dr. Susan Ferrence of the Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP). The mammal and fish bones are being analysed by Dr. Dimitra Mylona, a former Southampton student and the bird bones by myself and Dr. Dimitris Michailidis of the Wiener Laboratory, Athens.

 Humerus of a large bird from Neolithic Pelekita Cave with traces of burning
Humerus of a large bird from Neolithic Pelekita Cave
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