The lost city of Atlantis may get all the press but the city of Doggerland has actually been found. A group of British Scientists believe that they have discovered the lost underwater city at the bottom of the North Sea.
According to CBS, Doggerland was once considered the “heart of Europe” and connected modern-day Britain to the rest of the continent.
Dr. Richard Bates, a geophysicist at the University of St. Andrews, says that his team has found several artifacts at the bottom of the sea that may have come from the hunters and gatherers that lived in Doggerland. Bates says that the land surrounded the British isles and connected England to France and Scotland to Denmark.
“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.”
Newsoxy reports that Bates and his team believe that Doggerland was dry land from about 18,000 BC until 5,500 BC. Rising sea levels and a tsunami eventually put the land underwater.
Bates and his team are now examine the sea floor to get a better understanding of how the people of Doggerland lived.
“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.”