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Ancient sunken 'Doggerland' unveiled

Posted on Wednesday, 4 July, 2012 | Comment icon 19 comments | News tip by: skookum

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A vast area of land covering what is now the North Sea has been revealed following a 15-year project.

Known as Doggerland, the huge stretch of land was inhabited by large numbers of people before it was swallowed up by the sea between 18,000 BC and 5,500 BC. Researchers from several universities have been working to recreate what it might have been like by piecing together artifacts recovered from the region.

"Doggerland was the real heartland of Europe until sea levels rose to give us the UK coastline of today," said Dr Richard Bates. "We have speculated for years on the lost land's existence from bones dredged by fishermen all over the North Sea, but it's only since working with oil companies in the last few years that we have been able to re-create what this lost land looked like."

"A huge area of land which was swallowed up into the North Sea thousands of years ago has been recreated and put on display by scientists."

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Comment icon #10 Posted by csspwns on 5 July, 2012, 1:08
"tumusis"? u mean tsunami??
Comment icon #11 Posted by Hilander on 5 July, 2012, 1:52
Great story, I love reading about new discoveries like this. Maybe someday Atlantis will be found.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Abramelin on 5 July, 2012, 9:11
If you read that thread about Doggerland I linked to, then you'd know there really was a tsunami. It was caused by probably several factors. First: a huge layer - the size of iceland and maybe a mile thick or more - of sediment on the bottom of the sea, west of Norway, had become unstable. At some point it started moving and caused a tsunami that lasted up to 3 days max. They have found traces of the tsunami in Scotland and other countries around the North Sea. What caused the instability? Maybe just its weight, maybe an earthquake, or an impacting comet, maybe it had something to do wit... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Abramelin on 5 July, 2012, 9:20
Nothing like "Atlantis" at all. And the news is so old, it needs a fresh haircut, lol. Perhaps it is because it's summertime, and they dug up something spectacular. They will 'find' the Loch Ness monster again soon..
Comment icon #14 Posted by Mr Right Wing on 5 July, 2012, 11:33
It fits the profile of Atlantis a lot better than Crete.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Abramelin on 5 July, 2012, 12:56
You really should read that thread I linked to. Doggerland wasn't an island like Atlantis, but after the tsunami only an island, "Dogger Island", remained (the future Dogger Bank). Still quite large back then (about the size of Ireland), but it kept slowly and steadily sinking. It would have been more an 'Island of the Dead' (like many traditions around the North Sea hint at), a land of fog and mist (cold and warm sea currents meeting), a Niflheim, a 'Hell'. I also assumed the Strait of Dover was much narrower 8000 years ago, and the chalk rocks of Dover and Cal... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by the L on 6 July, 2012, 22:25
Great sum Abramelin. I notice you think that OLB is hoax. So far in my research (which started after you told me about it last month) I didnt find anything that could it be hoax except lingustic debate. When do think it was created?
Comment icon #17 Posted by Abramelin on 7 July, 2012, 15:04
The summary was from before the OLB thread even started, and I just copied and pasted it here. The linguistic debate - even though it's not really my thing - it IS important. I will try to make an analogy: suppose they find an 'ancient' Egyptian papyrus about some long lost civilization of thousands of years before pharaonic times. But the language used appears to be very close to modern Coptic. However, the papayrus is written in hieroglyphs, but 'more primitive' ones. What would you think? .== I think the OLB was created in the 19th century, using all the available Lati... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by the L on 8 July, 2012, 6:04
I didnt research enough to even start debate. Its interesting for sure. Soon I will be ready to join you in thread about it.

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