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#1    Sceptical believer

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 05:48 PM

this topic got brought up in the noah thread, and I felt like it deserved its own.  its an interesting topic and one that touches on research Ive been conducting for several years.


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Posted 05 October 2009 - 05:51 PM

God, so I must copy and paste all I posted in that thread.


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Posted 05 October 2009 - 05:52 PM

Staying with the North Sea, Rungholt comes to mind

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 05:58 PM

And why the subtitle "not Atlantis"? Who cares about Atlantis?

This is the real thing.


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Posted 05 October 2009 - 06:04 PM

just hoping to keep it from being turned into  if doggerland existed then atlantis had to have existed thread.  

Im thinking that the sea level rise research I have is 1.  making a conclusion based on a world wide average.  and 2.  the slide data might not have been available at the time of the study.  

either way doesn't matter to me.  the newest research just gets added into what I have and theory's get changed.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 06:06 PM

OK, I will try to copy and paste what I posted in the Noah thread, just to have all the info nicely tucked together..


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Posted 05 October 2009 - 06:10 PM

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Personally, I think it's rather strange that - as far as I know - there are no flood legends from countries around the North Sea, originating from the Storrega Slide.

Maybe it's because there were not enough people around, but I am conivinced that the huge tsuanami that whiped 'Doggerland' from the map would have had a lasting impact on the minds of any people surviving in the countries surrounding the present North Sea.





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questionmark, on 03 October 2009 - 03:52 PM, said:

There was very little settlement in the lower lands of Germany/Denmark/Holland in prehistoric times, mostly because it was more a swamp than dry land. Most of the North sea settlements happened along the hill ridges hundreds of miles away from the sea. So most of whatever happened there was witnessed by hardly a soul.

I'm not sure that was the situation 8000 years ago, not long after the end of the last ice age.

The vast areas of swamps appeared a lot later as far as I know.

There could have been tribes each of a couple of hundred people in number wandering around these areas, areas that were not completely soaked with water, but areas that were still covered with forests and meadows and hills (as they discovered very recently by a study/mapping of the bottom of the North Sea).

Dutch and British trawlers have dragged up many stone tools from the bottom of the North Sea in their fishing nets, so maybe the area was not densely populated, but there were many more people living and hunting there than previously thought.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 06:14 PM

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TheSearcher, on 05 October 2009 - 11:03 AM, said:

You have a point. My cousin lives in an area that lies under the sea-level, in Holland. When he build his house, they found some pottery and shards thereoff, that was examined and found to be a few 1000 years old. This would mean that at some point these parts were not under water as such.

The family actually kept some of the artifacts, I think my mum or my gran have some of them (I know, bad bad us, but hey, to hold history in our hands, who could resist?)
Just a couple of thousand years ago these areas that are now below sea level might indeed have been marshes then.

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Like all landbridges, Doggerland seems to have been a pretty busy thoroughfare for ancient hunters and gatherers. But archaeologists hardly gave it a thought until 2002, when a small group of British researchers laid hands on seismic survey data collected by the petroleum industry in the North Sea.

It is thought that the sea level rose no faster than about one or two meters per century, and that the land would have disappeared in a series of punctuated inundations. According to marine archaeologist Nic Flemming, a research fellow at the National Oceanography Centre of University of Southampton, UK. "It was perfectly noticeable in a generation, but nobody had to run for the hills."

Although hunter-gatherers usually have any sense of ownership, land would have become an increasingly precious resource as the sea rose, which according researchers Clive Waddington & Nicky Miller might have led directly to the development of sedentism and territoriality.

According to Vince Gaffney, a landscape archaeologist at the University of Birmingham, UK, who along with his colleagues Simon Fitch and the late Ken Thomson, Gaffney established the mapping project to outline the terrain of Doggerland, the transformation of Doggerland in only a few thousand years from a harsh tundra into a fertile paradise, and eventually into the northern European landscape that we know today, "put human adaptability to the test"

http://www.nextnature.net/?p=3391


Now about this ´running to the hills´, I assume they forgot what happened some 8000 years BP

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The three Storegga Slides are considered to be amongst the largest known landslides. They occurred under water, at the edge of Norway's continental shelf (Storegga is Old Norse for the "Great Edge"), in the Norwegian Sea, 100 km north-west of the Møre coast. An area the size of Iceland slumped, causing a very large tsunami in the North Atlantic Ocean. This collapse involved an estimated 290 km length of coastal shelf, with a total volume of 3,500 km3 of debris.[1] Based on carbon dating of plant material recovered from sediment deposited by the tsunami, the latest incident occurred around 6100 BC.[2] In Scotland, traces of the subsequent tsunami have been recorded, with deposited sediment being discovered in Montrose Basin, the Firth of Forth, up to 80 km inland and 4 metres above current normal tide levels.

http://en.wikipedia..../Storegga_Slide

And here a detailed pdf about that event and it's effect on the land around (and now under) the North Sea:
The catastrophic final flooding of Doggerland by the Storrega Slide tsunami


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"People think this was a land bridge across which people roamed to get to Britain, but the truth is very different. The places you wanted to live were the big plains next to the water and the coastline was way beyond where it is now. This was probably a heartland of population at the time," Prof Gaffney said. "This completely transforms how we understand the early history of north-western Europe."

The northernmost point of the map falls just short of the south coast of Norway, where rising water levels swamped the land around 18,000BC.

"This is the best preserved prehistoric landscape, certainly in the whole of Europe and possibly the world," said Prof Gaffney.

Guardian - April 24, 2007


Noah must have been a Doggerlander (trying to stay on topic here, lol).

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 06:16 PM

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I feel that the major Flood Myths - Sumerian, Babylonian, Biblical (Christian/jewish), Hindu have all have similarities - a man assigned by god, animals/seeds of life of all living things being collected, a boat being built..etc.

These Myths surely has a single point origin. not an amalgamation but of course embellished with additional features as the story passed from generation to generation, through migration from lands to lands.

I am particularly interested in this "Doggerland": it sunk beneath the waves (and even catastrophically), it was a large area of land, it happened around 8100 BP, and - contrary to what questionmark assumed - it was very probably much more populated than previously thought, and it must have been sort of a post-ice-age paradise (and again, not the barren tundra as was previously thought).

But I keep wondering about the fact that if all the above is true as scientists try to prove, then why are there no surviving myths about this event?

It could be that there are surviving myths about the submergence of Doggerland, but hidden away in cryptic descriptions.

So I'd like to ask people knowledgable about ancient Scandinavian and/or Celtic and/or Germanic mythology if there is indeed a myth/legend that says anything about land submerging beneath the waves.

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Here's a documentary about the land that was once between England and Europe:

Britain's Drowned World (and why the hell do the Brittish claim this land as theirs??):

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-3- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzIxZMjXe5Q

And from part 4 till till the end they talk about Doggerland, and in one of these parts a scientist even says that the inhabitants - seeing their country sink in the sea - must have wondered what they had done wrong to make the gods drown their land...

-4- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx9smho3a_E
-5- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6MLWBYI8xA
-6- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxgFx6GoC80
-7- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iLPcbez5Q0
-8- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSGqEgyk1_Y



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Posted 05 October 2009 - 06:19 PM

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I said:

But I keep wondering about the fact that if all the above is true as scientists try to prove, then why are there no surviving myths about this event?

It could be that there are surviving myths about the submergence of Doggerland, but hidden away in cryptic descriptions.

So I'd like to ask people knowledgable about ancient Scandinavian and/or Celtic and/or Germanic mythology if there is indeed a myth/legend that says anything about land submerging beneath the waves.

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questionmark, on 05 October 2009 - 07:25 PM, said:

The only real explanation is that

a- hardly anybody survived it

b- The tribes that did survive did not pass the test of time afterwards

c- The edda when it talks about the deluge of creation (sometimes called a "summary" of the Cristian myth) factored that in:



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ad -a- : Maybe not many of those who lived on the spot survived it, but those living on what is are now the borders of the North Sea must have known about it as survivors;

ad -b- : that means none of the tribes that stayed on what are now the borders of the North Sea. That is Norway, Sweden, Danmark, Germany, Holland, Belgium, England and Scotland.

ad -c- : I find that kind of meager, lol.


Well, I think that's about it.

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Sceptical believer, on 05 October 2009 - 07:51 PM, said:

the research I have done on the sea level rise, doesn't seem to show a rapid rise. but Im pretty sure they tended to err towards the moderate rise rates. and Doggerland is not the only Lost land in that area.


It did rise rapidly, and if you take the giant tsunami caused by the Storregga Slide into consideration, it must have been a total catastrophy.




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Posted 05 October 2009 - 07:09 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 05 October 2009 - 05:52 PM, said:

Staying with the North Sea, Rungholt comes to mind

Man, that happened like 7460 years later, LOL



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Posted 05 October 2009 - 08:57 PM

View PostAbramelin, on 05 October 2009 - 05:58 PM, said:

And why the subtitle "not Atlantis"? Who cares about Atlantis?

This is the real thing.

Be fair, Abe. At least 20% of the threads in the forum are "OMG, from my detailed 23 minutes of interwebz research, I totes discovered Atlantis in Gabon/Hobart, Tansmania/Fairbanks, Alaska/the asteroid Ceres/the next parallel dimension over but one."

Pointing out a thread here is not about Atlantis is a positive service to posters.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 09:00 PM

I wonder if the Irish, welsh, scottish legends about an drowned land.  came from.  

I remember reading recently that the myth of Hy Brasil might be  section of land thats off the sw part of ireland. and the sat view of Europe as it would have been does show that area as habitable as well.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 09:14 PM

View PostSceptical believer, on 05 October 2009 - 09:00 PM, said:

I wonder if the Irish, welsh, scottish legends about an drowned land.  came from.  

I remember reading recently that the myth of Hy Brasil might be  section of land thats off the sw part of ireland. and the sat view of Europe as it would have been does show that area as habitable as well.

There are two Welsh legends:

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Kr Ys, the kingdom was protected from the sea by floodgates. One day the keeper of the sluice gates was drunk and failed to close them, with the result that the sea flooded the land. Some versions name the keeper as Seithenyn, and there is a story about him having been distracted by a woman, Mererid, who kept the keys to the sluices. Or maybe it was a fae responsible for the mess.

Llys Helig was the palace of Prince Helig ap Glannawg who is said to have lived in the 6th century, and whose sons are connected with the establishment of several churches in the area. Helig owned an area of land between Llandudno and Conwy which was later inundated by the sea. Like Vineta's shadows in clear water, it is said that the remains of Llys Helig can be seen at low tides.

Both fall under the chapter "legend" as there is no evidence for either.

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