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  • Newly discovered stone tools drag dawn of Greek archaeology back by a quarter-million years

    Deep in an open coal mine in southern Greece, researchers have discovered the antiquities-rich country's oldest archaeological site, which dates to 700,000 years ago and is associated with modern humans' hominin ancestors. The find announced Thursday would drag the dawn of Greek archaeology back by as much as a quarter of a million years, although older hominin sites have been discovered elsewhere in Europe. The oldest, in Spain, dates to more than a million years ago.

    This undated photo provided by the Greek Culture Ministry on Thursday, June 1, 2023 shows researchers on the sides of an open coal mine in Megalopolis, southern Greece. The Culture Ministry said that a five-year international project in Megalopolis has uncovered the oldest-known archaeological site in the country that dates to about 700,000 years ago, pushing back the dawn of Greek archaeology by up to 250,000 years. (Greek Culture Ministry via AP)


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New Mexico imposes oil and gas moratorium on state land near schools

On Thursday, New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard issued an executive order that includes a ban on all new oil and gas leases on state trust land within a mile (1.6 kilometers) of schools or other educational institutions, including day care centers, preschools and sports facilities that students use.

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The fire department in Slave Lake, Alta., had a long-standing plan for tackling wildfire encroaching on the community, but in May 2011, flames from a nearby forest blewover suppression efforts and destroyed several hundred homes and other buildings. Research suggests that so-called interface fires, which occur where forests and flames meet human development, are on the rise.