Scientists have discovered possible traces of a “lost” stone age settlement beneath the waters of the North sea.
Deep under the North sea found a petrified forest which can be discovered traces of prehistoric people, according to the Chronicle.info with reference to NV.
This discovery gives researchers new hope in search of the “lost” settlements of hunter-gatherers in the Mesolithic, because the finding shows that they have discovered a particular type of ancient landscape.
Scientists took samples of sediments in the submerged petrified forest while sailing in the North sea on the research ship RV Belgica, in the area of Doggerland, is known as the brown Bank or brown ridge. Scientists say they are confident that they are close to the discovery of traces of prehistoric human settlement on these submerged lands.
“We are absolutely confident that we are very close to settlement. Numerous artifacts of historical origin from this region tell us that there’s something there. Now we have identified areas where historical the Mesolithic layer close to the surface of the seabed,” said one of the leaders of the project archaeologist Vincent Gaffney of the University of Bradford in the UK.
According to Gaffney, the researchers now plan to explore the area, brown’s Bank, on the Dutch research vessel with more heavy equipment for dredging works, which will allow them to take more samples from the submerged petrified forest.
Existing maps of Doggerland show now flooded the place where once was the shoreline of rivers, lakes and wetlands. The landscape sank as a result of melting glaciers about eight thousand years ago Under the sea there is a huge submerged prehistoric landscape. While the coastal part is covered with relatively modern deposits, including from the river Rhine.
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According to scientists, 12 thousand years ago after the last ice age, the region became forested plain, inhabited by many animals and which chose for their settlements the ancient hunter-gatherers.