Marseille, caveman hotbed of tool-making

11th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

MARSEILLE, France, Aug 10 (AFP) - Remains from the Neolithic era (about 5600 BC to 4000 BC) have been found in the southern French port city of Marseille, local archaeologists reported Wednesday.

MARSEILLE, France, Aug 10 (AFP) - Remains from the Neolithic era (about 5600 BC to 4000 BC) have been found in the southern French port city of Marseille, local archaeologists reported Wednesday.

Excavations near the city's railway station unearthed flints, shells and fragments of pottery.

According to the regional daily newspaper La Provence it is the first time a Neolithic site has been found in the city.

"It is a major discovery for the history and prehistory of Marseille," said archaeologist Lucien-François Gantes. "It suggests there was a large prehistoric presence outside the walls of the old city of Massalia" founded by the Phoenicians around 600 BC.

The discoveries were made at a site where a future university building is under construction close to the main railway station.

La Provence said the excavations should continue until September 13.

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