Many people have heard of the lost continent of Atlantis that sank beneath the sea, but there is no evidence that Atlantis ever existed anywhere outside of myth. Doggerland is far less well known but was a real European land mass that was populated by Mesolithic people thousands of years ago before sea levels rose and it flooded. It is estimated that this flooding happened sometime between 6500 and 6200 B.C.
Doggerland joined what is today Great Britain to the land mass that is now mainland Europe. Discovered in the late 19th century, work on the lost land has intensified in recent decades, and a number of ancient artifacts have been discovered as well as a Neanderthal skull fragment. Other discoveries have included mammoth remains, plant remains, hunting tools and textiles. There is evidence of settlements as well as extensive forests. As glaciers melted, the people of Doggerland were forced to move on to higher ground and settled in the places known today as Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
In the 21st century, archeologists are using seismic survey data from gas and oil companies to fully map Doggerland. Doggerland appears to have been a rich and varied landscape. Researchers are also searching for further evidence of how the people of Doggerland might have lived, what crops they might have grown and more. The people of Doggerland may have been hunters and gatherers who transitioned to farming over several thousand years before they had to leave the area. Ongoing research is likely to continue discovering more fascinating information about this formerly lost and forgotten part of our human past.