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Digging for giants on Crete | Sunday 28 January 2024

While a young girl is gathering greens in a field in Sitia, she spots something that looks like a fossil. This chance find leads to the discovery of the largest land animal that ever lived in Greece thousands of years ago.

Interviewee: Charalampos Fasoulas
Interview by: George Gounezos
Producer: Fenia Chala
Sound Designer: Dimitris Palaiogiannis
Sound Editor: Nikolas Tsimplakis
Photos: Natural History Museum of Crete
Translator: Steve Lever
Voiceover: Nicholas Seymour Stathopoulos

Istorima is the bigest project of recording and preserving oral histories of Greece. Over 1,000 young researchers find narrators, listen, collect and save stories of people from all over Greece : Stories of their place, stories of love, stories that changed us or defined us, stories modern or old. Stories that are not recorded in the history books and that could be lost in time. Istorima is the co-creation of the journalist Sofia Papaioannou and the historian Katherine Fleming and is implemented with a founding donation from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) as part of his Youth Reboot and Empowerment initiative (learn more at The more than 20,000 stories are being published in their entirety in stages at Excerpts of the stories are published in the form of podcasts, videos or written stories at


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