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Britain's Drowned World

Discussion in 'Other Chatter' started by dewi, Dec 29, 2015.

  1. dewi

    dewi Full Member

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    Been watching a Time Team special from a few years back about Doggerland... I've seen it before ages ago, but forgot just how good it was. The stuff the archaeologists know is amazing enough, but some of the bones and tools they've got from the North Sea is truly bizarre given the timescale they've been there.

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    Thing I kept thinking about is that 7000 to 8000 years ago, that isn't that far back in the scale of things... and with the recent discussions about rewilding and all it entails, doesn't the work being done around Doggerland (or what was Doggerland) sort of show that we can only turn back the clock so far? We can't drain the North Sea to reclaim the land, and its unlikely to return unless we have another ice age. What I mean is, wolves and bears, elephants and hyenas... they were probably well at home when we were a landmass attached firmly to mainland Europe... but with the separation... wasn't it inevitable that even those that survived the transition were going to be made extinct?
     
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    Yeah, i watched the same program a couple of weeks ago. Can you imagine the Archaeological finds we would have if we could drain the north sea.
     
  3. dewi

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    They're finding them anyway according to the program. Mostly in Holland on the beaches, but the fishermen are constantly dredging up bones of mammoths, saber-tooth tigers and even humans.

    The tools they showed were so detailed, considering we tend to view people back then as being a bit simple minded, they were obviously nothing of the sort. That spear they showed was incredibly detailed.

    [video=youtube;4P9wQj6qX2I]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P9wQj6qX2I[/video]
     
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    Yes, I am living in Cornwall, with its tales of drowned kingdoms and very real drowned forests...

    ...And its raised beaches. Sometimes there wasnt much of Britain at all.
     

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