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A lobster uncovered ancient ruins. Source: yalo173 / Adobe Stock.

How a Lobster Helped Uncover an Ancient Site that Rewrites History (Video)


Uncovering ancient mysteries hidden beneath the waves has always captivated the imaginations of archaeologists and explorers alike. In an extraordinary tale of unexpected discovery, a lobster unwittingly led researchers to an extraordinary underwater site in the Solent Strait, along the picturesque south coast of England. Initially stumbled upon in the 1980s by a team scouring the seabed for shipwrecks and Roman artifacts, the site was overshadowed by the allure of a 17th-century shipwreck. It wasn't until the late 1990s that a group returned, driven by a sense of curiosity and a desire to unravel the secrets lurking in the deep. Amidst the eerie darkness, surrounded by fallen trees, a sense of anticipation grew.

However, it was an unassuming lobster, diligently excavating its burrow, that would forever change the course of this expedition. By unearthing ancient flints, this curious crustacean inadvertently revealed the presence of humans in the area during the Mesolithic era. What followed was a remarkable journey of exploration into a submerged land, teeming with evidence of human activity. This unparalleled underwater site, exposed by modern erosion, challenges our preconceived notions of the past and beckons us to delve deeper into the mysteries of our ancient world.

Top image: A lobster uncovered ancient ruins. Source: yalo173 / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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