A piece of the ancient world at the bottom of the North Sea

17.02.2004

17.02.2004


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While some scientists are searching for Atlantis, other researchers have found the remains of some ancient civilizations, which was located in what is now the North Sea. With the latest technology to archaeologists managed to reconstruct the pieces of the ancient world, now buried under a layer of water.

About 10 thousand years ago, the current bottom of the North Sea was a flourishing plain in which lived the ancestors of modern Europeans. This is the conclusion drawn by researchers from the University of Birmingham, who managed to reconstruct with the help of computer graphics landscape of the area. Archaeologists have used the data on the oscillations of the earth's crust, and with the help of a special program they were able to reproduce a three-dimensional picture of the area that connected the current British Isles and continental Europe.

Some scientists, in particular, anthroposophy, firmly believe in the existence of the continent of Atlantis, which at one time held a huge territory — from the Americas to present the modern Middle East. Tectonic shifts, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions split the ancient continent, most of which went under the water. The remains of Atlantis are considered the British Isles (Great Britain, Ireland, Shetland Islands), Iceland, Canary Islands, Cape Verde (on the Cape Verde Islands), as well as some Caribbean islands. According to this hypothesis, the first cataclysm of Atlantis began to split about 800 million years ago. Some scientists believe that this event was reflected in the biblical story of the Flood. The following huge changes have occurred about 200 million years ago, and from the former greatness of the kingdom of Atlantis leaving only crumbs. Civilization was almost completely destroyed about 80 thousand years ago during the next shift of the earth's crust. The ancient Greek philosopher Plato describes the fall of Atlantis, talking about the death of the legendary island Poseidonis, which plunged into the depths of the sea in 9564 BC, when the eruption of the volcano and the powerful earthquake razed the last stronghold of the Atlanteans. When the first disaster, the Atlanteans moved to the north-east, having occupied the territory of present UK and Scandinavia, which have been linked. It is this area was restored by British archaeologists.

All the plain crossed the river, the width of which was about 600 meters. When the glaciers began to melt the north (this happened because of another shift of Earth's axis), water rushed into the plain, absorbing it. About 8 thousand years ago, this part of the land is completely submerged under the water and its inhabitants settled on the lands of the current UK and Scandinavia. Now archaeologists have the opportunity to see how they look the same land.

"This is a stunning virtual project that allows us to touch the past — says Bob Stone from the group of engineers who have carried out the reconstruction of the landscape. — Archaeologists, historians and other experts to help us re-create the most accurate picture of the terrain. We use data on seismic activity and tectonic plate shifts . " On the seabed soil samples were recovered, which were discovered the fossilized remains of ancient flora and fauna.

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