Evidence of people on the Azores archipelago 700 years earlier than thought
An international team of researchers has found evidence that people lived on islands in the Azores archipelago approximately 700 years earlier than prior evidence has shown. Due to the absence of other evidence, historians have believed that people first arrived in the Azores in 1427, when Portuguese sailor Diogo de Silves landed on Santa Maria Island. In this new effort, the researchers found evidence that humans were living on some of the islands in the Azores approximately 700 years earlier. The researchers found similar evidence in cores taken from Caldeirão Lake, which is on a different island, though it appeared approximately a century later. The findings present strong evidence of humans inhabiting the archipelago hundreds of years before the Portuguese arrived. More information: Pedro M. Raposeiro et al, Climate change facilitated the early colonization of the Azores Archipelago during medieval times, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Citation: Evidence of people on the Azores archipelago 700 years earlier than thought retrieved 13 October 2021 from https://phys.org/news/2021-10-evidence-people-azores-archipelago-years.