Anyway, I found something about the place where white Europeans first showed up.... Doggerland. True or not (and I don't know where this guy found his info):
The first white people in Europe were probably from the Aurignacian and Magdalenian Cro-Magnon cultures. This group is uniquely identified by the genetic constitution of an individual chromosome called the Atlantic Modal Haplotype and are thought to have originated on the littoral plains of the European continent during the last ice age. These people ranged from the Iberian peninsula, where they wintered, to summer ranges in what is now the Baltic Sea area and developed what may have been the first civilization of modern homo sapiens.
The difficulty of determining where their homeland might have been is that what was then littoral plain is now under water. Thirteen thousand years ago, around the time the white skin mutation probably appeared, the geography of Europe was very different. The seas were two to four hundred feet lower than they are today. Orkney was part of mainland Scotland, Denmark was about twice its present size, and only a very narrow channel separated Ireland from Galloway in Scotland. Cardigan Bay did not exist, and in its place was the lowland forest of Cantre'r Gwaelod - the drowned land. Lyonesse joined Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly. In those days, there was no English Channel, and very little North Sea. The Thames and the Rhine joined somewhere between Harwich and Vlissingen, and between the Ouse and the Elbe was the peninsula archeologists call Doggerland. The Dogger Bank is now a mere hazard to shipping, but in the Magdalenian era, it was a habitable upland.
Often referred to as a land bridge, Doggerland was in fact more than that. Linking present-day East Anglia, Lower Saxony, Belgium and the Netherlands, and extending as far north as Denmark does now, Doggerland was a crucial region for the Magdalenian people. During the summer, they could safely hunt sub-arctic species in Britain, but when the deep winters of the era bit hard, they retreated to the littoral plains of Doggerland and the adjoining areas. As the centuries passed, the ice retreated, enabling deeper forays into Scotland and Scandinavia.
Around 9600 BCE [wrong: it happened later], the low-lying field connecting Dogger Bank to the European mainland flooded from a process called "isostatic rebound". When the immense weight of the ice-sheets that depressed the continental plates under them during the last Ice Age was removed, the edges of the continental plates began to adjust, with mantle rock flowing into the rising landmass from adjacent areas, including Doggerland. This process is still continuing. The strongest earthquake ever recorded in the British Isles occurred in 1931, measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale. Its epicenter was located on the Dogger Bank, 60 miles off the Yorkshire coast in the North Sea.
That well may be where the homeland of the first white Europeans lies.
Edited by Abramelin, 11 December 2009 - 06:55 PM.