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Doggerland, sweet Doggerland

The Society of Antiquaries of London is an interesting bunch. Founded in 1707, their remit is the past.

That’s a pretty broad area of study. Just about everybody thinks something in the past is interesting.

Fortunately for lovers of the past, the SAL puts many of their lectures on their YouTube channel. There’s some awesome stuff in there, for free.

Even better – next week, they’re hosting a two-day exploration of Doggerland: Lost Frontiers and Drowned Landscapes in Britain and Beyond. And it’s also free!

I’ve done several study courses and online events via Zoom, and it’s just the best. Big thermos of coffee, comfy chair, feet up, tablet in my lap, smart people telling me stories. I could do this every day.

I don’t know how 9:30 to 5:30 Limey Time aligns with your timezone, but check it out if you’re interested. You are interested, aren’t you? *squints*


Comment from RD
Time: April 28, 2021, 8:12 pm

Wiki says Doggerland disappeared around 6500 BCE because of rising sea levels….

I didn’t know that SUV’s were driving around in 6500 BCE.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: April 28, 2021, 8:22 pm

Musta been more melting glaciers.
And whose fault was that? Eh? Eh? I think we all know.
White, Anglosaxon males! That’s who!
Fortunately we’re originally of Welsh/Flemish extraction, so we can dodge the blame on this one.

And Weasy, when you’re retired (does little happy dance) you can set your clock to be on any time you like.
There’s some Welsh legend or other about the drowned lands, but it’s been so long since I read the Mabinogian….sigh.
Therefor, thanks for the link!

Comment from Bruno Braun
Time: April 28, 2021, 8:57 pm

Turn it over to the Dutch. They’ll have it dry in a month.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 28, 2021, 9:00 pm

I shall never retire, durned. I have a lousy pension.

RD, some think it disappeared in the biggest tsunami EVAR.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: April 28, 2021, 10:24 pm

NatGeo has been there…


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 29, 2021, 1:55 am

About the past

The first part of this sentence was written in my past. All of it was written in your past.

And isn’t it interesting how the duration of the present varies so dramatically depending on context?

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: April 29, 2021, 10:36 am

Did Doggerland disappear the same time Noah was getting orders to build the Ark?

You know, when those crazy Canucks broke that ice dam so they could have space to run their green house cattle in the western provinces, eh?

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: April 29, 2021, 1:42 pm

I did not know of Doggerland.

I am the Poet Laureate of Doggerland
And King as well as I am
The last, the lone, surviving man.

By our fires we were at rest
With plenty fish and food
And by happy, singing, children blest

First came a hiss and then came a wave
And what had been air was water
I could nothing, no one, save

Now I survive amidst some savage race
Alone except when I tear-eyed dream
Of that fairer, better, now-lost place

And I sing a lament no one living kens
Of a vanished world
And its lost women, bright children, and brave brave men

I am the Poet Laureate of Doggerland
And King as well as I am
The last, the lone, surviving man.

Comment from drew458
Time: April 29, 2021, 2:40 pm

I’ve found Doggerland pretty interesting for years. And it does rather line up with the Flood narratives, and the Atlantis myth.

Latest I’ve read is that artifacts have been recently found showing that people were living in the UK 33,000 years ago, which would be during the last glacial age. Not known what kind of people they were; I think Neanderthals may have still been around, and there’s Denisovian bunch, and all the crossbreeds, so who knows? Alas, while this idea makes sense – there were plenty of people in Europe at that time, and it was all one land mass – the “evidence” is one groove on one reindeer bone.

Comment from BJM
Time: April 30, 2021, 2:44 pm

Stoaty…thanks for the link to SAL…when the heat is on I shall dip into their YT offerings.

In my yute I was obsessed with Nordic folk lore and William Morris’ designs. However, I was rather disappointed in Kelmscott Manor.

A few years ago I found a barely used copy of his Icelandic Sagas at a library book sale for 5 bob. They are purging the old white guys…so do attend your local library book sales.

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