May 01, 2014

Doggerland inhabitants destroyed by tsunami (?)

I hope someone is studying ancient DNA from these two Mesolithic ladies from Brittany. The caption reads:
These two young Mesolithic women from Teviec, Brittany, were brutally murdered. As sea levels rose there may have been increased competition for resources
Prehistoric North Sea 'Atlantis' hit by 5m tsunami
The wave was generated by a catastrophic subsea landslide off the coast of Norway.
Analysis suggests the tsunami over-ran Doggerland, a low-lying landmass that has since vanished beneath the waves. 
"It was abandoned by Mesolithic tribes about 8,200 years ago, which is when the Storegga slide happened," said Dr Jon Hill from Imperial College London. 

The wave could have wiped out the last people to occupy this island. 
The research has been submitted to the journal Ocean Modelling and is being presented at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna this week.
Dr Hill and his Imperial-based colleagues Gareth Collins, Alexandros Avdis, Stephan Kramer and Matthew Piggott used computer simulations to explore the likely effects of the Norwegian landslide. 
He told BBC News: "We were the first ever group to model the Storegga tsunami with Doggerland in place. Previous studies have used the modern bathymetry (ocean depth)."
As such, the study gives the most detailed insight yet into the likely impacts of the huge landslip and its associated tsunami wave on this lost landmass.


Grey said...

If you've ever crossed that bit of sea it's a scary thought imagining people used to live at the bottom of it. Maybe that's just me.

Bernard said...

Marie Lacan in her thesis (La Néolithisation du bassin méditerranéen : Apports de l'ADN ancien) page 94 gives the first result of one lady from Teviec. The results is CRS on HVR1 but with a T result for 7028 position in the coding region, but unfortunately with no result at 12308 position. So the haplogroup is not determined but could be U.

batman said...

"One had sustained five blows to the head, two of which would have been fatal, and had received at least one arrow shot between the eyes. The other had also traces of injuries.[11] However, this diagnosis is disputed by some archaeologists, who have suggested that the weight of earth above the grave may have been responsible for damaging the skeletons.[12]"

Sure they were brutally killed, even twice. Obviously some morbid ritualistic practice from our bluntly primitive ancestors. No wonder mankind still act like a anamoly among species.

Otherwise one could suspect the analyzis to be biased by fame-seeking social-darwinists with an archelogical degree.

Perry said...

From 23&me website.

"Haplogroup: V, a subgroup of R0
Age: 16,000 years
Region: Europe
Example Populations: Finns, Saami (Lapps), Sardinians, Basques

Highlight: Haplogroup V was probably common in Doggerland, an ancient land now drowned beneath the North Sea."