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by Archaeology Newsroom

Palaeolithic research in the Ionian region During the 1960s. The Grava rock shelter of Hagios Matthaios in Kerkyra

Palaeolithic research in the Ionian Islands brought to light an Epigravettian wild goat economy, with a tendency towards domestication. We stand on the threshold of partial, but still aceramic, domesticated cattle-breeding in the Balkans. These scattered, limited sequences become better known everyday and are confirmed by the survival of many Epigravettian elements (especially backed bladelets and lunates) in Neolithic layers, to mention only a small example from the mountains of Albania opposite Kerkyra. Such information would be the greatest service that Late and Post-Palaeolithic Archaeology could offer. A Palaeolithic farm was located in May 1966 in Hagios Matthaios in Grava, which was an extensive rock shelter before its roof caved in.