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by Archaeology Newsroom

Paleolithic research in the Ionian during the 1960s. The Grava rock shelter of Hagios Matthaios in Corfu

Paleolithic research in the area of the Ionian Islands revealed an Epigravettian wide goal economy, showing tendencies of domestication. We stand on the threshold of the partial, at least, and still aceramic, domesticated cattle-breeding in the Balkans, Everyday, these scattered, limited sequences become better known and are confirmed by the survival of many Epigravettian elements (especially backed bladelets and lunates) in purely Neolithic layers, to mention only a small example from mountainous Albania across Corfu. Such a perspective would be the greatest service offered by the Late and Post-Paleolithic Archaeology.

A Paleolithic station was located in May 1966 in Grava of Hagios Matthaios, a former extensive rock shelter, the roof of which has fallen in.