Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | July 3, 2012

An Atlantis in the North Sea

A huge area of land that was in an area between Northern Scotland, Denmark and the Channel Islands, and which turned into the North Sea thousands of years ago, is now believed to have been home to tens of thousands of people before it disappeared underwater between 18,000 BC and 5,500 BC. Scientists are calling it ‘Doggerland’. Some people might call it ‘Atlantis’.
On the BBC website, Dr Bates, a geophysicist, said “Doggerland was the real heartland of Europe until sea levels rose to give us the UK coastline of today.
“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.
“When the data was first being processed, I thought it unlikely to give us any useful information, however as more area was covered it revealed a vast and complex landscape.
“We have now been able to model its flora and fauna, build up a picture of the ancient people that lived there and begin to understand some of the dramatic events that subsequently changed the land, including the sea rising and a devastating tsunami.”
The BBC article continues: ‘Findings suggest a picture of a land with hills and valleys, large swamps and lakes with major rivers dissecting a convoluted coastline. As the sea rose the hills would have become an isolated archipelago of low islands. By examining the fossil record (such as pollen grains, microfauna and macrofauna) the researchers could tell what kind of vegetation grew in Doggerland and what animals roamed there.
Using this information, they were able to build up a model of the “carrying capacity” of the land and work out roughly how many humans could have lived there. The research team is currently investigating more evidence of human behaviour, including possible human burial sites, intriguing standing stones and a mass mammoth grave.’

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  1. I wonder where they came up with a name like Doggerland? Sounds like my sort of country. 🙂

    • My guess would be it’s named after the Dogger Bank, a sandbank of about 17000km2 in the North Sea – (perhaps the highest point on the original Doggerland although some say it’s the remnants of a glacial moraine). Dogger Bank was probably named after the doggers, Dutch fishing boats, that used to fish there.

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