Humans were sailing the Mediterranean 130,000 years ago. KehlBayern August 21, 2011 Science & Technology Apparently early humans were much more advanced than previously thought. Archaeologists have discovered that humans were sailing the Mediterranean Sea 100,000 years earlier than previously believed. The island of Crete is the home of these early artifacts and archaeologists were able to identify the age of the objects by matching them with the island’s unique rock formations, thus dating them as older than previously known and getting around the problem of carbon dating’s limitations. The revelation that early humanity were so complex in development sheds new light on our former notions of what our ancestors were like.