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Mapping Doggerland
The Mesolithic Landscapes of the Southern North Sea

Edited by Vince Gaffney, Kenneth Thomson and Simon Fitch
Published by Archaeopress

12,000 years ago the area that now forms the southern North Sea was dry land: a vast plain populated by Mesolithic hunter-gatherers.  By 5,500 BC the entire area had disappeared beneath the sea as a consequence of rising sea levels. Until now, this unique landscape remained hidden from view and almost entirely unknown. The North Sea Palaeolandscape Project, funded by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund, have mapped 23,000 km2  of this “lost world” using seismic data collected for mineral exploration.  "Mapping Doggerland" demonstrates that the North Sea covers one of the largest and best preserved prehistoric landscapes in Europe.  In mapping this exceptional landscape the project has begun to provide an insight into the historic impact of the last great phase of global warming experienced by modern man and to assess the significance of the massive loss of European land that occurred as a consequence of climate change.

The final report of the North Sea Palaeolandscapes Project was published on the 7th of December at a reception hosted by Professor Michael Cruise and with speeches by Mr Huw Edwards (PGS), Dr Barney Sloane (English Heritage/ALSF) and Dr Ian Oxley (English Heritage). The contents page of the report can be seen here and the book ordered from Archaeopress at

Speakers at the "Mapping Doggerland" launch
Professor Mike Cruise (UoB), Mr Huw Edwards (PGS), Professor Vincent Gaffney (UoB),
Dr Barney Sloane (English Heritage), Dr Ian Oxley (English Heritage)

Dr Henry Chapman (IAA) and Professor Bryony Coles (Exeter)

Dr Ron Yorston (Tigress), Dr Steve Ford, (TVAA), Dr John Gator (GSB Prospection)

Dr David Long (BGS), Dr Gavin Douglas (Fugro), Dr Stuart Leather (Wessex)

Supported By

A project funded by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund and administered by English Heritage

Principal Investigators
Professor Vincent Gaffney and Dr Kenneth Thomson
IAA                                GEES
HP Visual and Spatial Technology Centre
Birmingham Archaeology
University of Birmingham

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