The summer of 2008 was focused on discovering Mesolithic artifacts by conducting surface reconnaissance in areas that hunter-gatherers were likely to favor; such as places that are well-watered and have south-facing caves to take advantage of the sun’s warmth. We chose the southwestern coast of Crete near the towns of Plakias and Ayios Pavlos, which face the Libya Sea. This method and research area proved successful and nineteen Mesolithic sites were found.

To the team’s surprise Palaeolithic artifacts were also found on the flanks of the Preveli Gorge, where fossilized beach terraces preserve the tools and the specialists agree that these tools, such as hand-axes and cleavers, date to an early phase of the Palaeolithic. Consequently, the survey was continued in 2009, when several more Palaeolithic archaeological sites were found, and now nine are known.