Archaeologists Attempt To Find Underwater Civilizations With Magnetic Fields

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University of Bradley archaeologists are attempting to uncover long-lost underwater civilizations that once ruled over the European region now known as Doggerland, according to a report published Sunday.

“The only lands on Earth that have not been explored in any depth by science are those that have been lost to the oceans,” the University of Bradley (UoB) began in its statement on the research project. The study will focus on unearthing evidence of human activity in the North Sea between Europe and Britain, which was made up of hillsides, marshlands, swamps, and valleys until roughly 12,000 years ago (during the Younger Dryas period), according to the Jerusalem Post.

The scientific validity of UoB’s research falls immediately into question when the next sentence in their statement claims that global warming caused sea level rise during the Younger Dryas period. Yes, there was a sudden change in global weather patterns during this period, but growing bodies of evidence suggest that this was caused by one or more massive asteroid impacts, forcing the immediate release of water held in global ice caps.

How do I know this? I have a degree in it and have ghostwritten countless PhD dissertations on the topic, so it’s unclear why the school limited their understanding of this period so blatantly … Anyway, beyond this glaring bias, the rest of the project sounds really cool.

PhD candidate Ben Urmstrom, one of the project’s members, is apparently hoping to unearth new data on this lost part of human history using magnetometry, the Jerusalem Post continued. Urmstrom, using a slew of data sources, is looking for anomalies in the magnetic fields that could indicate the presence of ancient human remains.

This non-invasive technique of data collection and identification would mean Urmstrom and others don’t have to take a dive into the North Sea. (RELATED: Study Suggests Bronze Age Ice Skates Discovered In China Were Imported From Europe)

“Small changes in the magnetic field can indicate changes in the landscape, such as peat-forming areas and sediments, or where erosion has occurred, for example in river channels,” Urmstrom told the outlet.

The region is considered to have been one of the most diverse and resource-rich environments on the planet between 20,000 BC and 4,000 BC. It was buried beneath the waves after the conclusion of the last Ice Age.

For more information on this, I highly recommend checking out “Ancient Apocalypse” on Netflix.