Croatian archaeologist Mate Parica has made a remarkable discovery. When he was studying satellite images of the Croatian coast, he noticed something unusual in the water. In one of the photographs, he noticed a large, shallow area on the seabed that protruded from the eastern shore of the island of Korčula.
I thought, maybe it’s natural, and maybe it’s not… – reports Mate Parica, professor at Zadar University
The scientist and his colleague decided to dive in to see what they were dealing with. As a result, the two men discovered the site of a Neolithic settlement dating back 6,000 years. Age an ancient habitat located underwater off the coast of the island of Korčula the scientists determined to be around 4500 BC.
The findings so far indicate that the settlement was located on a small patch of land, which was connected to the island by a narrow strip of land. During the reconnaissance a pair of divers found the remains of a stone wall of the land surrounding the settlement, as well as tools and other objects used by its inhabitants.
We found several ceramic objects and flint knives – Parica reported on the dive
Marta Kalebota, who heads the archaeological collection at the Korčula Island Museum, said the location of the settlement is undoubtedly very unusual.
We have no knowledge of similar discoveries. So far, we have not encountered such a settlement, which would be connected to the island by a narrow strip of land – – said Kalebota
Mate Parica also said that the 6000 year old settlement discovered on the island is a unique find. All because until now Neolithic remains have mainly been found in caves. Fortunately, this area, unlike most of the Mediterranean, is sheltered from the impact of large waves, as many islands protect the coastline like a natural breakwater. Scientists are sure that this is what helped to save the site from destruction.
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