Over the summer Waveney and Blyth Arts (WBA) and Touching the Tide have been working together to bring the lost world of Mesolithic Doggerland alive through science and art. You can find out more about what we've been doing, and watch a film about the project, on the WBA wesite.
On 7th November the project culminated in Doggerland Day at The Cut in Halesworth. Professor Vince Gaffney, author of "Europe's Lost World, the Rediscovery of Doggerland" gave an inspiring and very informative talk about how seismic survey data from oil exploration has revealed the hidden landscape of Doggerland underneath the modern marine sediments. River valleys, hills, lakes, and The Great Silver Pit have all now been mapped where once there was only conjecture. Tim Holt-Wilson, East Anglian geologist, then talked about the meaning of Doggerland and how it talks to us today as we face another period of climatic upheaval.
The science was followed by a superb series of performances and talks by East Anglian artists, exploring the drowned world under the North Sea through poetry, song, and art. There was lively debate about how coastal change might affect us in the future, about the technology and culture of the mesolithic, and about how wheat DNA might have showed up in the marine sediments here 2000 years before Neolithic farming arrived. It was, by common consent, a fabulous day!