This popular-science book tells the story of one of the most important, but least known major archaeological sites in Europe: Doggerland. Few people know that the beaches along the North Sea lie on the edge of a vast lost world. A prehistoric landscape that documents almost a million years of human habitation and lay dry for most of that time.
Doggerland is where early hominids left the first footprints in northern Europe, more than 900,000 years ago. Later, for hundreds of thousands of years, it was the scene of ice ages. A world of woolly mammoths and rhinoceroses, horses and reindeer and the successful Neanderthals who hunted them, including Krijn: the first Neanderthal from Doggerland.
At the end of the last Ice Age, the first modern humans also left their traces here, including the famous Leman-and-Ower-Banks spearhead – the first documented Doggerland find – and some of the oldest art in the region. With the onset of the Holocene, our current era, Doggerland’s inhabitants were increasingly confronted with climate change and rising sea levels, just as we are today.
The Mesolithic hunter-gatherers lived in a rich, but constantly changing world – to which they successfully adapted. Ongoing submergence and a huge tsunami around 6150 BC marked the beginning of the end. A few centuries later, the last islands disappeared under the waves and with them the story of Doggerland was lost in time. This book brings this vanished world back to the surface.
Leendert Louwe Kooijmans
Following in their footsteps, but choosing my own path
PART 1 DOGGERLAND
A lost world rediscovered
Ice, rivers, sea and spectacle. Geological variation in a drowned landscape
Kim Cohen & Marc Hijma
Mapping a drowning land
Luc Amkreutz, , Kim Cohen, Marc Hijma & Olav Odé
PART 2 DOGGERLAND EARLY INHABITANTS
Stepping into Britain. Happisburgh and the first humans in northern Europe
Citizen science and the submerged Palaeolithic landscapes in the North Sea
Krijn. Face to face with Doggerland’s first Neanderthal
Luc Amkreutz & Luc Anthonis
Neanderthals in the cold ‘North Sea Serengeti’
Marcel Niekus & Dimitri de Loecker
Marcel Niekus, Dimitri de Loecker & Luc Amkreutz
Modern humans at the end of the Ice Age
Luc Amkreutz & Marcel Niekus
The oldest art. Ice age Expressionism
Luc Amkreutz, Marcel Niekus & Jan Glimmerveen
Animals of the mammoth steppe
Dick Mol, Bram Langeveld & Jørn Zeiler
PART 3 DROWNING DOGGERLAND
Animals after the ice age
Hunter-gatherers in a rich wetland
Luc Amkreutz & Marcel Niekus
A lucky shot? A red deer in the crosshairs
A thousand hunts. Barbed points from Doggerland
Bouldnor Cliff. A drowned prehistoric site emerging from the seabed
Rotterdam-Yangtze Harbour. Excavating at 20 metres deep
The North Sea as Highway. Neolithic argonauts and prehistoric trade
Luc Amkreutz & Jan Glimmerveen
PART 4 DOGGERLAND INVESTIGATED
Tracing people. Secrets of bones and teeth unravelled
Eveline Altena, Lisette Kootker, Bjørn Smit & Paul Storm
Points of animal and human bone. Sorting with collagen
Joannes Dekker, Virginie Sinet-Mathiot, Alexander Verpoorte, Marie Soressi & Frido Welker
Europe’s Lost Frontiers. Mapping the landscape
Vince Gaffney & Simon Fitch
On course to the Brown Bank. Research in the North Sea
Tine Missiaen & Ruth Plets
PART 5 DOGGERLAND TODAY
Collecting Doggerland. Searching along the coast, making finds and then?
Luc Amkreutz, Rachel Bynoe, Bjørn Smit & Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof
The North Sea. The busiest sea in the world
Luc Amkreutz & Stichting de Noordzee
Future for Doggerland? Collect, research and protect
Hans Peeters & Bjørn Smit
Thinking of Doggerland. A vanished landscape remembered
Luc Amkreutz & Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof
Luc W.S.W. Amkreutz
Since 2008 Dr. Amkreutz has been the curator of Prehistory at the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities (RMO). Apart from numerous exhibitions, he worked on the 2011 new permanent exhibition Archaeology of the Netherlands, offering a fresh perspective on 300,000 years of the country’s history. Amkreutz is also a member of the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University. He has conducted wide-ranging research including field projects into Early Neolithic farmers and the investigations of burial mounds. Currently he is involved in researching the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Prehistory of Doggerland.
Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof
Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof is a freelance consultant, researcher and editor known as the Overdressed Archeologist & Editor. In addition to publishing half a dozen books with us, she frequently collaborates with Sidestone Press doing both copy editing, book design and our social media marketing.