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<img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-16625" title="greece_from_space" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/wiredscience/2010/01/greece_from_space-660x624.jpg" alt="greece_from_space" width="660" height="624" /> ANAHEIM, Calif. — Human ancestors that left Africa hundreds of thousands of years ago to see the rest of the world were no landlubbers. Stone hand axes unearthed on the Mediterranean island of Crete indicate that an ancient Homo species — perhaps Homo erectus — had used rafts or other seagoing vessels to cross from northern Africa to Europe via at least some of the larger islands in between, says archaeologist Thomas Strasser of Providence College in Rhode Island. <img class="size-full wp-image-11123 alignright" title="sciencenews" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/wiredscience/2009/09/sciencenews.gif" alt="sciencenews" width="200" height="40" />
Ancient Turkish Cave Towns
The Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari ( Bulgarian : Свещарска гробница , Sveshtarska grobnitsa) is situated 2.5 km southwest of the village of Sveshtari , Razgrad Province , which is located 42 km northeast of Razgrad , in the northeast of Bulgaria . [ edit ] General information Discovered in 1982 in a mound, this 3rd century BC Getic tomb reflects the fundamental structural principles of Thracian cult buildings. The tomb's architectural decor is considered to be unique, with polychrome half-human, half-plant caryatids and painted murals. The ten female figures carved in high relief on the walls of the central chamber and the decorations of the lunette in its vault are the only examples of this type found so far in the Thracian lands. It is a remarkable reminder of the culture of the Getae , a Thracian people who were in contact with the Hellenistic and Hyperborean worlds, according to ancient geographers.
Çatalhöyük ( Turkish pronunciation: [tʃaˈtaɫhøjyc] ; also Çatal Höyük and Çatal Hüyük ; çatal is Turkish for "fork", höyük for "mound") was a very large Neolithic and Chalcolithic settlement in southern Anatolia , which existed from approximately 7500 B.C. to 5700 B.C. It is the largest and best-preserved Neolithic site found to date. In July 2012, it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site . [ 1 ] Çatalhöyük is located overlooking wheat fields in the Konya Plain, southeast of the present-day city of Konya (ancient Iconium) in Turkey , approximately 140 km (87 mi) from the twin-coned volcano of Mount Hasan .