The project team have been delighted to find that the submerged landscape of Doggerland has recently been immortalised as a limerick. We hope this brightens your day as much as it did ours.
Back in Doggerland (landmass of old):
We were freezing our nuts off with cold.
But with warmth comes surprise,
For as sea levels rise
We’re seceding from Europe, I’m told.
by Andrew Burnett.
Note: Doggerland was a landmass in northern Europe, which existed from the end of the last Ice Age until about 6300BC. As the ice melted and the sea level rose, pasts of it were flooded, separating Britain from the European mainland.
Some of the exhibit team (from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David) are currently investigating a Prehistoric archaeological site within the submerged forest at Borth in Caeredigion. The site was found by Dr. Denis Bates in February and has now become the focus of an investigation led by Dr. Nigel Nayling and Dr. Martin Bates.
A series of burnt stones have been found resting on a peat bed that is at least 4,000 years old. Also associated with the site are a group of footprints, from both animals and humans. The human footprints range in size from a 4 year old (which are rare) to adult. Dr. Ros Coard, a specialist in animal and human bones, has been taking casts of these prints and hopes to be able to tell us something about the people and animals who were in this area during the Prehistoric period.
Over the next few days, at a time of exceptionally low tides, the team will be working against the clock to recover more evidence for this human activity and discover something about these people and how they used the forests and creeks of Borth in the past.
We’re currently working on developing an interactive game for the Exhibit. Will Mesolithic man survive and flourish or will he drown under the waves? - It’s for you to discover! The photo below shows development in progress on our Mechdyne touch table, with Simon guiding Mesolithic man away from the rising tide to his new home. There is still much to decide (especially the scoring!), but so far things are looking good.
The Orkney team has spent a cold, windy and wet week in Orkney chasing down the elusive submerged landscapes of the Loch of Stenness. Stenness is a shallow loch next to the World Heritage sites of the Ring of Brodgar, Ness of Brodgar and Stones of Stenness so perfectly positioned to contain other important monuments. The work followed from the tantalising glimpse of possible drowned mounds and ditches discovered during survey work in September 2011 and also from previous coring of the loch. A number of new features were mapped that will now require inspection by divers later in the year (see images below).
We’re currently working hard surveying a submerged landscape in Orkney at the moment, we’ll be showing some of the results of this research at this years Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition. If you can’t wait till then, please enjoy the selection of photo’s of the survey in progress !
The small cat-survey vessel at work in the Bay of Firth
Drs Bates handcoring sediment from the RV Envoy in the Bay of Firth
Archaeological diver inspects large submerged stone structures offshore Orkney