RESOLUTION of the EUROPEAN ANTHROPOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION during the 3d European Anthropological Congress (Petralona 25-29/9/1982)

At its last plenary session, the 3rd European Congress of Anthropologists, held in Petralona, Greece, resolved:
Thanks be expressed to the government of Greece (note: i.e. undirectly the Anthropological Association of Greece) for welcoming the Congress so warmly. Its proceedings have been extremely productive and stimulating to the study of the evolutionary history of man.
During its deliberations, ample consideration was given to the famous Petralona material. Analyses carried out so far by leading physical anthropologists and palaeontologists of the human fossils, the Palaeolithic tools, and the animal remains found in the Petralona cave, leave no doubt that the cave is one of the most important sites of fossil man currently explored. Experts are of the opinion that Petralona Man may be the most ancient hominid fossil so far found in Europe, and that the ashes and burned bones found in the cave may constitute the oldest trace of man-made fire in the world. The exploratory work carried out in the cave for many years by Dr. Aris Poulianos and his associates is highly impressive in its scientific standards, its comprehensiveness, and the amount of effort invested. Particularly welcome is the way in which the site and the fossils have been made accessible to the general public.
The Congress expresses its hope that proper support be given to the future conservation and further exploration of this magnificent site and its environs.


Prof. Jan Jelinek Director of Institute "Anthropos", Brno, Czechoslovakia
Prof. John Huizinga Director of the Institute of Human Biology, Utrecht, Holland
Prof. Tad Bielicki of Director of the Anthropological Institute of the Academy of Sciences,Vrotzlav, Poland


Note: The above text is also translated in Greek.