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Archaeologist’s Discovery Named Among Year’s Top findings

Discovering the oldest written record in Europe makes for a pretty cool year. Add to it recognition as one of the year’s top findings, and you can say it was a stellar year.

University of Missouri–St. Louis archaeologist Michael Cosmopoulos can now check both of those accomplishments off his “bucket list.” The tablet, unearthed last year during a dig in Greece by Cosmopoulos, the Hellenic Government Karakas Family Endowed Professor of Greek Studies at UMSL, and his team has now been named one of the top 10 discoveries of 2011 by the Greek press.

The list was compiled and published Jan. 8 by To Vima, a Greek daily newspaper. The tablet is featured among other great Greek discoveries in 2011 such as a 2,500-year-old wooden figurine discovered in the temple of Artemis at Vravrona, an etch of Minoan hieroglyphic writing, a marble statue in the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus and a small gold object that represents a human eye identical to that of gold, funerary mask of Tutankhamun found in a bottomless grave in the necropolis of Ancient Eleftherna Crete.