Friday, August 10, 2007

Breaking news Stone Age Settlement Found Under English Channel
Erosion on the floor of the English Channel is revealing the remains of a busy Stone Age settlement, from a time when Europe and Britain were still linked by land, a team of archaeologists says.

The site, just off the Isle of Wight, dates back 8,000 years, not long before melting glaciers filled in the Channel and likely drove the settlement's last occupants north to higher ground.

"This is the only site of its kind in the United Kingdom," said Garry Momber, director of the Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology, which led the recent excavations. "It is important because this is the period when modern people were blossoming, just coming out of the end of the Ice Age, living more like we do today in the valleys and lowlands."

Kind of amazing they found it, though some industrious lobsters apparently had a hand claw in it. We need to train them some more and toss them off the west coast of the US so we can find all those boat-people sites we keep hearing about.