Ancient Mysteries

A recent report in the Atlantis Rising magazine, Issue #95, carried the headline, “Britain’s Atlantis Found?” It referred to recent, underwater discoveries of Ice Age harpoons, fish prongs, possible burial sites, and fossilized remains belonging to large mammals—many of them extinct—such as mammoths, giant reindeer, and cave lions. According to physicist Dr. Richard Bates from the Department of Earth Sciences at St. Andrews University, “We have found many artifacts and submerged features that are very difficult to explain by natural causes, such as mounds surrounded by ditches.” They were discovered from 55 to 120 feet beneath the surface of the central North Sea along an extensive sandbank long known as the Dogger Banks, the sunken remnants of a more extensive territory that once connected northeastern Britain to the present coasts of Denmark and Germany.

Beginning about eighteen thousand years ago, great ice sheets locked up enough of the world’s water to produce sea-levels 390 feet lower than at present, allowing higher terrain on the ocean floor to stand as dry land. Combining geophysical modeling of data obtained from oil and gas companies and direct evidence from material recovered from the sea floor has enabled Bates’s team to come up with a reconstruction of the lost land. Of particularly strong interest are on-going investigations concentrating on several subsurface sites resembling the standing stones of Neolithic Europe, together with what appears to be an underwater burial mound already explored by scuba divers. If, in fact, these apparently upright features can be verified as authentic, megalithic structures, then dating them will be very important.

Should they prove even slightly older than standing stones on the continent or in the British Isles, then Doggerland may very well have been the real heartland of Europe, from which early Paleolithic culture spread outward. If so, then the supportive, ecological conditions Dr. Bates and his colleagues have traced back to Doggerland could have served as the proper setting and environmental spur necessary to spark the Megalithic Age. Scientists are learning that our planet has always been far more geologically dynamic than their predecessors believed, a point forcefully brought home to every person on Earth when northeast coastal Japan was devastated by a terrible tsunami. As such, the destruction of Atlantis was not unique. Other areas of formerly dry land, before and since, have risen above and fallen beneath the surface of the sea. Some of these deluged territories were occupied by humans, as the previously lost remains of their societies are gradually rediscovered, even on the floor of the North Sea.


Could the newly discovered underwater artifacts in the north sea be the remains of Atlantis?

Kemo D. 7

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