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Ten thousand years ago, before the melting ice from the end of the last Ice Age led to a huge rise in sea levels, the map of Britain looked very different to what it is today…
 
As temperatures rose and the ice melted, the land joining Britain to the continent became home to great grasslands, forests, marshes and lakes. It was populated by a wide variety of animals, birds, fish – and humans. For a time ‘Doggerland’, as it has been dubbed, possessed rich natural resources that would have drawn people northwards from the European mainland. For a couple of thousand years, perhaps, before it began to be swamped by meltwaters from the end of the Ice Age, it would have been a mini-paradise for the Mesolithic hunter-gatherers who dwelt there.
 
First broadcast on 24 April 2007 the programme will be shown again this evening on More4 from 10pm.
 
See also Britain’s Atlantis –
https://heritageaction.wordpress.com/2009/01/27/britains-atlantis/ our inaugural feature here of 27 January 2009.

From “Duloe” by Harry Guest
Image credit Heritage Action

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