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Discoveries on Cyprus, Alonnisos, Kythnos, and other islands have shown that a previous model that argued for no pre-Neolithic occupation of the islands was incorrect.
Members of the team who work on the Greek mainland developed a Mesolithic site-location model, and it was used to identify areas likely to have early Holocene sites.
Here we present the artifact assemblages and the details of their geological context and dating.
The appearance of the quartz ranges from milky, translucent and white with a pearly luster to a rather dull, opaque material with streaks of brown, and a blocky structure making the recognition of conchoidal fractures and flake removals difficult to the non-expert eye. The quartz, however, can be knapped, and our experimental flint knapping duplicated the manufacture of stone tools morphologically similar to the artifacts that we found.