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Archaeologists search Greek waters for Europe’s oldest settlement

PlanetSolar, the world's largest solar-powered boat.
PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar-powered boat. Image by Bart van Dorp / CC BY 2.0

An underwater archaeological survey in southern Greece is searching for sunken remains of one of Europe’s oldest human settlements. The Swiss-Greek project involving the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research is using the world’s largest solar-powered boat, the 35m PlanetSolar, to scan the seabed, with divers available to excavate any findings. The location of the survey is in the Kiladha Bay, near Franchthi Cave. The cave is Greece’s oldest and most significant Neolithic site, as it was inhabited on and off for about 35,000 years. Read more: bigstory.ap.org