6,000 year-old settlement discovered off Croatian coast

A 6,000 year-old island settlement was discovered

off the coast of Croatia

Location: Lumbarda, Croatia

Archaeologist Mate Parica was examining satellite images of the coastline

when he spotted a large, shallow area on the seabed

(SOUNDBITE) (Croatian) ARCHAEOLOGY RESEARCHER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ZADAR, MATE PARICA, SAYING :

"The location was found completely by accident, I have been dealing with submerged prehistoric sites for a couple of years now and often watch aerial footage. Occasionally some anomalies can be seen on the satellite images. I thought - maybe it is natural, maybe not, and decided to dive with a colleague. We found some ceramic items and knives, and we concluded it is something special, not a natural thing."

The Neolithic settlement was likely built from around 4,500 B.C.

(SOUNDBITE) (Croatian) ARCHAEOLOGY RESEARCHER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ZADAR, MATE PARICA, SAYING :"There are hundreds and hundreds of walls per site, we have opened a small part now, about 1%. We found out that they go deep, there are a lot of rows of stones and we found a lot of archaeological material, telling us what they ate, threw away what they lived on and so on."

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