2,500-year-old, human-made fire uncovered in Corsica

Written by Staff Writer at CNN

Handout. © Universite de Bruxelles

Like many Neanderthals, her ancestors were burned to death around 4,000 years ago, apparently by a tribe of men from Eurasia.

On May 1, an excavation team will begin excavating what could be the world’s oldest-ever fire in Corsica, in the southwest of France.

These humans, who likely inhabited the island between 2,500 and 3,000 years ago, were the latest in a long line of human beings in what is now Corsica.

It’s estimated around 1,400 years ago that humans began living on the island, and the first known monuments are several natural stone buildings, dating from about 600 to 400 BC.

These early settlements, found in the eastern of the island, were laid down between 600 and 400 BC and were built using rock-cut ruins, dug into the ground, or stone walls.

The new find, located on a beach and about 10 meters (33 feet) deep, is believed to have been initiated by a fire signal from the distant Caucasus region.

According to the company contracted to carry out the excavation work, archaeologists believe the fire signal was used for more than just cooking, as this would indicate a more complex cooking and drying period than those dated, according to the university’s website.

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