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