New Neanderthal remains from Kalamakia cave, Mani peninsula, Southern Greece.

Katerina Harvati, Andreas Darlas, Shara E Bailey, Thomas R Rein, Sireen El Zaatari, Luca Fiorenza, Ottmar Kullmer

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


The Kalamakia Middle Paleolithic site, a karstic cave on the western Mani peninsula, Greece, was excavated from 1993 until 2006 by an interdisciplinary team from the Ephoreia of Paleoanthropology and Speleology (Greek Ministry of Culture) and the Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle (Paris). The site is dated to between ca. 100,000 (U / Th) and >39,000 (AMS 14C) kya and has yielded Mousterian lithics and rich faunal remains, including several carnivores, small vertebrates and shellfish. The site has also yielded fourteen human specimens from several layers. These include 10 isolated teeth, a cranial fragment and three postcranial elements. The Kalamakia human remains represent at least eight individuals, including two subadults. One specimen shows clear carnivore modification marks, suggesting that some of the remains were brought into the cave by carnivores. Additional, anthropogenic, modifications in the form of interproximal grooves, are present on two of the isolated teeth. The Kalamakia remains from all stratigraphic levels can be identified as Neanderthal on the basis of diagnostic morphology. A mixed habitat is suggested by our analysis of dental wear (Occlusal Fingerprint Analysis) and microwear (Occlusal Texture Microwear Analysis), in agreement with the faunal and palynological analyses of the site. These new fossils significantly expand the Neanderthal sample known from Greece. Together with the human fossils from Lakonis and Apidima, the Kalamakia human remains add to the growing evidence of a strong Neanderthal presence in the Mani region during the late Pleistocene.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventAnnual Meeting of the American-Association-of-Physical-Anthropologists 2013 - Knoxville, United States of America
Duration: 9 Apr 201313 Apr 2013
Conference number: 82nd


ConferenceAnnual Meeting of the American-Association-of-Physical-Anthropologists 2013
Abbreviated titleAAPA 2013
CountryUnited States of America

Cite this

Harvati, K., Darlas, A., Bailey, S. E., Rein, T. R., El Zaatari, S., Fiorenza, L., & Kullmer, O. (2013). New Neanderthal remains from Kalamakia cave, Mani peninsula, Southern Greece.. 144-144. Abstract from Annual Meeting of the American-Association-of-Physical-Anthropologists 2013, Knoxville, United States of America.