The Story of Doggerland (@kurz_gesagt)
Doggerland is a name given by archaeologists to a former land area in the southern North Sea that connected the British Isles with mainland Europe during and after the last ice age, which lasted until 6,500 or 6,200 BC, until it was gradually swallowed by rising sea levels. National Geographic
wrote that the researchers believe that Doggerland was an important settlement during the Middle Stone Age, but at the end of several thousand years the inhabitants of the area were forced to leave it due to the constant rise in sea level. Doggerland was probably a rich living environment, with human settlement during the Mesolithic period. However, now there is hope that through a sophisticated technique based
on The Earth's magnetic fields will be able to discover remnants of the ancient civilization that disappeared from the world.
Scientists from the School of Archeology and Forensic Sciences at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom have published a new study based on magnetometric data from the area where the ancient civilization sunk.
They try to identify any anomaly that could hint at the archaeological presence of ancient structures.
The research group uses this technique to track traces of human activity under the waters of the North Sea.
Before it was flooded 8,000 years ago, Doggerland was a center of attraction for prehistoric humans and others.
After excavations in the North Sea, a number of archaeological discoveries were found, including the remains of mammoths, antlers of a red deer, hunting weapons, fossilized tools and even Neanderthal skulls from the Early Stone Age.
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Despite the great potential for underwater reality, we still know very little about humans or any culture that once lived there.
"There is a small chance that our research will reveal evidence of the activity of hunters who were there. That would be the record," said Ben Urmston, a student at Bradford College, "We may even find signs of garbage created from the bones of the animals and other biological materials that can teach us a lot about how people lived Name".
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is important to know that although Doggerland has been submerged under water for thousands of years - the clock to find its remains is ticking.
The expansion of wind farms for energy production in the North Sea may disrupt the prehistoric sites that have not yet been found in the area.
"Exploring the submerged landscapes beneath the North Sea represents one of the last remaining great challenges for archaeology. Achieving this challenge becomes even more urgent with the rapid development of the North Sea for the generation of renewable energy," added Professor Vince Gaffney of the project.
A submarine near underwater sculptures (Photo: ShutterStock, Kryvenok Anastasiia)
Very few of the world's oceans have been explored, let alone explored for archaeological purposes.
Nevertheless, advances in technology continue to show that coastlines hide countless traces of ancient human activity and even evidence of long-lost civilizations.
Thanks to projects like this one by the University of Bradford, as well as many others, the future of maritime archeology looks promising.
Just don't expect to run into the sunken city of Atlantis anytime soon.