Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the growing understanding of the humans, plants and animals once living on land now under the North Sea, submerged in the Stone Age.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the people, plants and animals once living on land now under the North Sea, now called Doggerland after Dogger Bank, inhabited up to c7000BC or roughly 3000 years before the beginnings of Stonehenge. There are traces of this landscape at low tide, such as the tree stumps at Redcar (above); yet more is being learned from diving and seismic surveys which are building a picture of an ideal environment for humans to hunt and gather, with rivers and wooded hills. Rising seas submerged this land as glaciers melted, and the people and animals who lived there moved to higher ground, with the coasts of modern-day Britain on one side and Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and France on the other.
Anniversary Professor of Landscape Archaeology at the University of Bradford
Marine Geoscientist at the British Geological Survey
Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Southampton
Producer: Simon Tillotson
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
Geoffrey Bailey, Jan Harff and Dimitris Sakellariou, (eds.), Under the Sea: Archaeology and Palaeolandscapes of the Continental Shelf (Springer International, 2017)
Jonathan Benjamin, Clive Bonsall, Catriona Pickard and Anders Fischer (eds.), Submerged Prehistory (Oxbow Books, 2011)
Nicholas C. Flemming, Jan Harff, Delminda Moura, Anthony Burgess and Geoffrey N. Bailey (eds.), Submerged Landscapes of the European Continental Shelf: Quaternary Paleoenvironments (Wiley Blackwell, 2017)
V. Gaffney, S. Fitch, and D. Smith, Europe’s Lost World: The Rediscovery of Doggerland (Council for British Archaeology, 2009)
V. Gaffney, K. Thomson and S. Fitch (eds), Mapping Doggerland: The Mesolithic Landscapes of the Southern North Sea (Archaeopress Archaeology, 2007)
C. Wickham-Jones, Landscape Beneath the Waves: The Archaeological Investigation of Underwater Landscapes (Oxbow Books, 2018)