In an unprecedented event, British scientists announce that Doggerland is discovered off the coast of Scotland and has been described as the “real Atlantis.”
According to CBS News, British scientists scouring the bottom of the North Sea have begun piecing together a picture of life in Doggerland, what they believe was the “heart of Europe,” connecting modern day Britain to continental Europe, until about 7,000 years ago. In the findings, they uncovered fossilized evidence of mammoths and large game animals. Divers also found harpoons, flint tools and suspected burial sites they say belonged to residents of the submerged settlement more than 12,000 years ago.
The team was organized by geophysicist at the University of St. Andrews, Dr. Richard Bates, who claims the evidence points to a once-dry land passage between Scotland and Denmark. He goes on to tell reporters that the city was likely larger than many modern European cities that populated tens of thousands of people. “We haven’t found an ‘x marks the spot’ or ‘Joe created this’, but we have found many artifacts and submerged features that are very difficult to explain by natural causes, such as mounds surrounded by ditches and fossilized tree stumps on the seafloor. There is actually very little evidence left because much of it has eroded underwater; it’s like trying to find just part of a needle within a haystack. What we have found though is a remarkable amount of evidence and we are now able to pinpoint the best places to find preserved signs of life.”
According to the data the team has collected so far, the passage is believed to have been above land from about 18,000 BC until 5,500 BC, when rising sea levels and a devastating tsunami submerged the remaining islands. What is even a more important find than the discovery itself is what Doggerland tells researchers of the life of those who lived over 12,000 years ago. Bates stated that the findings suggest early man was able to survive, and thrive, “up through the north, more than we ever thought that they should.”
The research team is still currently investigating Doggerland, including possible human burial sites, intriguing standing stones and a mass mammoth grave.
Doggerland is Discovered Off the Coast of Scotland.