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