The A to Z Challenge – D for Doggerland

The A to Z Challenge is on! Hello and welcome to my Main blog. My name is Rose Anderson and I’m a romance novelist. Join me and more than 2200 bloggers and authors as we blog the alphabet throughout the month of April. My daily posts for the challenge fall under the topics of history and science. I’ve chosen subjects that have tickled my fancy and I hope you will find them just as interesting.

Keep the topic rolling! If you have comments or questions, add them at the end of the post. I may not know the answer off the top of my head but I love research and would enjoy discussing my topics further.

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Today’s Calliope’s Writing Tablet post is brought to you by the letter D ~
D for Doggerland

Sometime in the middle of the last century, trawling Dutch fishermen working the North Sea began hauling up things in their nets no one ever expected to see — enormous tusks and bones from wooly mammoths and mastodons, and the bones of giant aurochs, woolly rhinos, and other ice age animals. The story goes that fishermen threw these things back in the water, being set in their opinions of what one should expect to haul from the sea.

Amateur paleontologist, Dick Mol, heard of the unusual findings and persuaded the fishermen to bring their tusks and bones to him along with the coordinates of where they had been found. Imagine his surprise when the captain bought him a well-preserved human jawbone with worn molars. Radiocarbon dating says the jawbone is 9,500 years old and came from a man living in the Mesolithic period (12,000 years ago)

Why would a 9,500 year old jawbone be trawled from the North Sea?

During the last ice age, Great Britain wasn’t a handful of islands, it was the western-most tip of the glaciated European mainland. As much of the earth’s water was tied up in ice, lowlands weren’t submerged as they are today. This low-lying land that tied the UK to the rest of Europe was approximately 18,000 square miles in size. This region is refereed to as Doggerland (named for the Dogger Bank — a large hazardous sandbank). The area is thought to have supported large numbers of Mesolithic people. Among fossilized evidence of mammoths and other mega-fauna and game animals, divers have also found harpoons, flint tools, and suspected burial sites. It would appear people lived on Doggerland until the rising sea swallowed a substantial portion of the landmass and cut the UK from the continent. Exploration is ongoing and researchers expect to find standing stones and burials in addition to settlement areas.  Can you just imagine?  😀


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Tomorrow ~ letter E!


Join me on my satellite blog April 7th – 12thAuthors_in_Bloom-300x250
Authors’ lives outside of the books we write can be as interesting as the worlds we create. One of the more unusual things my husband and I have done was lead wild foods programs for Chicago’s Field Museum. For this event I’ll be sharing my recipes. I hope you stop by. You may have delicious ingredients waiting in your backyard. 🙂


I’m winding down on the 100 Things Blogging Challenge!
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I’ve post something from my chosen topic: Words on the Verge of Extinction. There are 8 entries to come.

Here’s one for today:

Telligraph (noun 1783-1903)
charter outlining boundaries of landholdings


4 Us iconIt’s my day on the RB4U blog today. I’m talking fairy tales and giving a sneak peek of my soon-to-be released novel ~
The Changeling

Our April contest is on. We’ll have 3 winners and a lot of prizes to split among them.


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About ~RoseAnderson

Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes under the pen name Madeline Archer.
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10 Responses to The A to Z Challenge – D for Doggerland

  1. rosgemmell says:

    I knew we were once joined to France – and shared a monarch – but didn’t know this fascinating history.

  2. Standing stones… did I hear you right, Rose? My bag is packed, complete with rune stones. Oh the joy of it! Is there active exploration going on there now?

    On a separate but related note, did you see the ancient forest that was recently exposed off the west coast of Ireland (near Galway)? The violent storms pushed the sand around enough to displace the coastline. Magnificent stumps of huge trees. They say it will return to its underwater realm soon again, but I was honored and delighted to glimpse those trees. Looking at your map above, I see where they would have been above water some 8000+ years ago…

    • I hadn’t heard but just looked up the Galway forest. How cool is that! I read in one article just now, that the trees are standing upright in their growth position suggesting the sea came in quickly. And another Great Flood legend is born.

      The sea doesn’t always cooperate with the Doggerland research but they’ll keep at it until they’re satisfied that they have a good picture of what’s what down there.

  3. melissakeir says:

    It is amazing to see how the continents really do fit together. The research has found the same fossils on two continents that seem so far apart…I loved learning about this in college.

    • 🙂 I remember sitting in second grade and staring at the map of the continents on the wall. I saw the pieces fit together then and have been wondering about it ever since.

  4. skmarshall2014 says:

    What a fascinating subject. I knew Britain was once connected to Europe, but didn’t know all of this. Thanks, Rose.

  5. Ray G says:

    I wonder what the next Doggerland will be when the most dire predictions of global warning come true.

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