Secrets of 'Lost Atlantis' That Rests Beneath North Sea Revealed, Media Says
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The sizeable collection of artefacts was reportedly amassed thanks to the contributions of “amateur archaeologists.”
A new exhibition featuring over 200 objects offers a glimpse of a vast swath of territory known as Doggerland, which used to connect Britain by land to continental Europe but currently rests beneath the North Sea after becoming submerged about 8,000 years ago.
According to The Guardian, the exhibition is called "Doggerland: Lost World in the North Sea" and is being hosted at the The Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Museum of Antiquities) in Leiden, the Netherlands.
The objects presented at the exhibition include items such as a deer bone with an arrowhead embedded in it, fossilized remains of hyena droppings and mammoth molars, and a fragment of a skull of a young male Neanderthal.
This collection was reportedly amassed largely due to the efforts of volunteers.
"We have a wonderful community of amateur archaeologists who almost daily walk these beaches and look for the fossils and artefacts, and we work with them to analyse and study them," said Dr Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof, assistant curator of the museum’s prehistory department. "It is open to everyone, and anyone could find a hand axe, for example. Pretty much the entire toolkit that would have been used has been found by amateur archaeologists."
The name Doggerland was reportedly coined in the 1990s by University of Exeter archaeologist Bryony Coles, after the Dogger Bank, a large sandbank in the North Sea off the east coast of England.
Noting that the idea of a "lost Atlantis" under the North Sea that used to connect Britain and continental Europe was imagined as early as in the late 19th century by HG Wells, the newspaper adds that the piece of land in question is "believed to have been subsumed about 8,200 years ago following a massive tsunami," the newspaper states.
"There was a period when Doggerland was dry and incredibly rich, a wonderful place for hunter-gatherers," Van der Vaart-Verschoof remarked. "It was not some edge of the earth, or land bridge to the UK. It was really the heart of Europe. There are lessons to be learned. The story of Doggerland shows how destructive climate change can be. The climate change we see today is manmade but the effects could be just as devastating as the changes seen all those years ago."