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Britain's Atlantis

Further into the secrets of ‘Britain’s Atlantis’

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It was one year ago when a sunken underwater world was found by divers and a team of researchers of the University of St Andrews in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is a huge land that used to connect Britain with Europe stretching from Scotland to Denmark. According to archaeologists it was submerged by water between 18,000 and 5,000 BC.

The researchers suggest that the population that used to live in those lands must have been tens of thousands and this may have been an important area in Europe. Bones of Mammoths were also found showing that the sunken land used to have rivers, hills and valleys.

Even if we do not have more news about this old sunken land, recently the University of Southampton have done a detailed analysis of an old medieval town named Dunwich which was also part of the sunken old world (even if it is more recent) and an important port during medieval times which gradually went under water due to a sea level rise during the Little Ice Age period in the 13 th century.

Using underwater acoustic imaging techniques they have made a detailed map of the sunken town which included streets, major buildings and churches. The scanning process has revealed that the occupied area around the town exceeds 1.5 square kilometres making the area as large as the City of London. The town is ten meters below the surface but due to muddy waters, exploration by divers has become more difficult.

By John Black

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