Zeeland Ridges

June 16, 2009

The defining charm of the English or any coastline is flatness, it’s tendency to mimic the sea level. Stable for 5000 years this forms visual control over hominoid viewing the world. How they love to be by the sea optically the most calming offering most certainty.

Here the oldest human bone discovered underwater, and it gives scientists clues about humans living in northern Europe during the last ice age.

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig found skeletal remains of a young man dredged up 15km off the coast of the Netherlands in an area called Zeeland Ridges, part of the now submerged ‘Doggerland’.

Whilst there is a recession or depression people will be employed finding bones and guessing that because the Dogger Bank was not submerged people might be wandering there. Cycling would be no use on the uneven and tilted ground. Precision engineering was clearly not available then. Feet were there to stop the legs fraying. Shoes would be handy on pebbles.

Neanderthals (named after the Lower Valley near Dusseldorf) living roughly 50-60,000 years ago perhaps heading for the caves in Cresswell, Nottinghamshire the only shelter from ice.

They were following Woolly mammoth, woolly rhinoceros, horse, reindeer and other Pleistocene mammals.

These Doggerland Neanderthals of the Zeeland Ridges not only travelled through but lived under the North Sea.


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