9. On Sunken land of the North Sea - was this the world’s oldest and greatest civilisation?



The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. - Jacques Yves Cousteau

Synopsis

Doggerland is a name given by archaeologists and geologists to a former landmass in the North Sea that connected the island of Great Britain to mainland Europe during and just after the last Ice Age, surviving until about 6,500 or 6,200 BCE and then gradually being flooded by rising sea levels. Geological surveys have suggested that Doggerland was a large area of dry land that stretched from Britain's east coast across to the present coast of The Netherlands and the western coasts of Germany and Denmark.

For the last 100 years, vessels have dragged up mammoth and lion remains, among other remains of land animals, and small numbers of highly sophisticated prehistoric tools and weapons that were used by the region's inhabitants.  The pre-Socrates Greeks called this land ‘Hyperborea’ - land of the North; Plato called it ‘Atlantis’.


So what made this land sink into the North Sea and what connection did it have with the ancient Greek myths and legends?

RJL

4 comments:

  1. What connection did it have with ancient Greek myths and legends?

    According to Iman Wilkens in his book 'Where Troy Once Stood', (and others before him), England was the original Troy and was attacked for its mineral wealth by enemies on the continent. These were the original Greeks etc who eventually migrated to present day Greece but kept a memory of their ancient myths and transposed them to the Mediterranean.

    He does a great deal of work on place name analysis to link places in the Illiad with western Europe.

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  2. The Greeks never migrated from Britain to the Mediterranean. The link of interest for me is the descriptions of some of the characters such as Achilles who was blue eyed and blonde (just like Brad Pit in the film Troy) and Helen of Troy (blonde and blue eyed again) genetically these people are not of Mediterranean origin but from Northern Europe.

    Iman is incorrect on some aspects of his book as Troy is not Cambridge but the capital city of Atlantis according to the Aristotle school and my last book - The Stonehenge Enigma firmly places Atlantis in the Middle of the North Sea in a place called Doggerland.

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  3. Are you aware of anything to disprove the idea of it being in Cambridge, or do you just have some conflicting/superior evidence for Doggerland?
    Wasn't Doggerland long gone by 1200BC? Or do you put the war further back?
    I read your article on Troy/Atlantis btw and loved it.

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  4. I don't believe Cambridge fits the description - although the river names are similar. As for the dates - these 'guestimates' revolve around the known Mediterranean Bronze age cultures - such as the Minoan culture which was dated about 1200 - 1700Bc originally but now is believed to be much older 2700BC.

    The poems are dateless and therefore I believe they date back to Doggerland/Atlantis times when the original culture had fragmented into tribal warfare as there beloved island slowly sank and the inhabitance moved to other places to live in new tribes. This is one of the stories of two tribes at odds with each other. If I was to attempt to date it - I would go for 4000 BC.

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