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History seemed to be repeating itself?
If our theory is correct, and these artifacts came from Doggerland, it is rather strange that we found them at this time.
Remember we were thinking of the 42 souls that died due to the North Sea floods.
The people that were in Doggerland at the time were the Mesolithic people. The rising sea level inundated the area around 6,500 BCE. See wiki Doggerland
We would suggest that these people were subject to this flood.
If these people had in fact produced this midden, as we think they did, they must have had at least a semi permanent settlement on the coast of that time.
It is not unreasonable to assume that many of the flints in our possession were being processed.
We actually found an eroded piece of stone with a hole in it, rather like a piece of brick. We discarded it, rather looking for flints. Afterwards we realised it might well have been a bottom weight for a fishing net.
Just remember these artifacts were only to be found on a 20m length of the beach, running parallel to the shoreline.
It is interesting to think, that had anyone dived on to the Dogger Bank, these finds would have been long since buried, so needed the dredger!
We felt these people probably suffered a similar fate as the 42 Lincolnshire people did.
We certainly felt it was an amazing coincidence; or was it?
Protocol for reporting finds and actions taken by us.
We contacted, Wessex Archeology, and Professor Vince Gaffney of Birmingham University, but none of them seemed interested. We even contacted the Time Team, but they had already done a program on the Doggerland idea.
So we did our best.
The Somerset Finds Officer was interested, taking photos and notes at the time.
When we researched the subject on the internet we came upon this information
When the Brughell of 11650 m3 a trailing suction hopper, or the Valaandeme dredger were used in the North Sea, any artifacts found have to be reported to the Crown Estate, as they are of archeological importance. Crown Estate, English Heritage, have commissioned Wessex Archeology to identify and log all finds.
There is a proper protocol for reporting finds of archeological interest for the Crown Estate