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Title: Archaeologists stunned after discovering lost 8,000-year-old city in English Channel
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URL Source: https://www.express.co.uk/news/scie ... england-lost-city-maritime-spt
Published: Nov 19, 2021
Author: Charlie Pittock
Post Date: 2021-11-19 13:51:49 by Ada
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ARCHAEOLOGISTS discovered a lost city in the English Channel - dating back some 8,000 years - which was dubbed an "ancient ghost town" by one diver.

English Channel: Expert explores 'ancient ghost town' underwater

The English Channel is a notoriously difficult place to dive. With powerful tides and bitterly cold waters, conditions are far from ideal. For inexperienced divers, both can pose significant risks, so meticulous preparation is crucial. Once these difficulties are overcome, however, the seabed is a goldmine for archaeologists.

Not only are there wrecks, ancient settlements sit on the floor of the Channel too.

National Geographic’s Albert Lin dived below the surface to take a look at a unique discovery, just off of the Isle of Wight.

The site dates back some 8,000 years, when the UK was still linked by land to the European mainland.

Around this time, melting glaciers were beginning to fill in the low-lying land to form what would become the Channel, likely driving the settlement’s inhabitants to higher ground.

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Archaeologists diving in English channel. Archaeologists uncovered an underwater boatyard. (Image: NAT GEO)

Wooden structures on sea bed. Wooden structures were seen on the sea bed. (Image: NAT GEO)

The Channel itself, however, was formed by one of the biggest tsunamis ever recorded.

Landslides in Norway, known as the Storegga Slides, triggered a tsunami when a landlocked sea in the Norwegian trench burst its banks.

The water devastated Ancient Britain, sending water some 25 miles (40 km) inland, and turning the marshy plans of the Channel into a full sea, making the Britain an island nation.

The site was first identified when divers, carrying out a routine survey in 1999, spotted a lobster cleaning out its burrow on the seabed.

Much to their surprise, the animal was removing dozens of pieces of worked flint, which ultimately proved to be the first sign of the settlement.

Sea bed. Parts of the sea bed are eroding at around 50cm each year. (Image: NAT GEO) Trending

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Archaeologists then spotted an arrangement of trimmed timbers, believed to be a boatyard.

The Maritime Archaeological Trust used state-of-the-art technology to record the structures, and discovered a platform of several layers of timber, resting on wooden foundations.

Diving at the site for the 2019 documentary ‘Lost Cities with Albert Lin’, he said: “There’s some kind of structure. It looks like layers of wood.

“Just poking out of the silt. It feels like we are sitting in an ancient ghost town, but underwater.”

He added: “You descend down this line and out of the darkness comes the ancient past.”

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Sea bed discoveries. One of the wooden structures discovered on the sea bed. (Image: NAT GEO)

Marine archaeologist and director of the Maritime Archaeological Trust Garry Momber explained how the wood has been so well preserved.

Looking at a piece of wood pulled up from the seabed, he said: “Well what’s happened with this, is that as the sea level has risen above it, it’s covered it with silt, and it’s taken away all the oxygen, and just preserved it in a sort of anaerobic, oxygen free environment.

“And it would have stayed there for several thousand years. But recently, the old landscape’s eroding away, which is how we found this.”

The structures, Mr Momber said, are of “international significance”.

He said: “It’s 8,000 years old. You don’t just get these every day.

Garry Momber Garry Momber has been exploring the English Channel bed for nearly 30 years. (Image: NAT GEO)

“This would have been next to a stream and we know it was a bit of a wetland so it could have been a platform, but we don’t know yet as there is nothing else like it in the country.”

LiveScience reported in 2007 that two hearths (ancient ovens) had been brought to the surface, dangling from the edge of an underwater cliff.

Mr Momber told the publication at the time: “We now have unequivocal evidence of human activity at the site.

“There were people here actively making stuff and being quite industrious.”

The people living on the site way back when were well ahead of their time in terms of the work they were doing.

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#1. To: Ada (#0)

Daggaland is what it was once called.

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TommyTheMadArtist  posted on  2021-11-19   14:57:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: TommyTheMadArtist (#1)

Very good -- it's odd they don't mention that.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogg erland

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NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-11-19   14:59:49 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: TommyTheMadArtist (#1)

Wasn't exactly Doggerland which as I understand it was what is now under the North Sea. This port, if that's what is was, was along the English Channel.

Ada  posted on  2021-11-19   16:37:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: NeoconsNailed (#2)

First evidence of a city or maybe just a town in what was always assumed to be a hunter-gatherer society.

Ada  posted on  2021-11-19   16:39:35 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Ada (#4)

That term has always evoked injun types for me -- the crudest forms of construction if any (tepees, not-so-longhouses and the like).

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NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-11-19   16:48:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: NeoconsNailed (#5)

Yup. Without other evidence that's what Doggerland was assumed to be. Evidence, of course, is covered by the North Sea.

Ada  posted on  2021-11-19   21:00:13 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Ada (#6)

So I was wrong too -- the Channel is way below Doggerland proper. Am looking at a map. Wonder what language(s) they spoke there.

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#8. To: NeoconsNailed (#7)

Don't think it was Celtic.

Ada  posted on  2021-11-20   1:35:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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