Evidence of 'Stone Age Atlantis' discovered under Baltic Sea
Swedish divers find undersea site rich in ancient artifacts
Swedish divers have uncovered a site brimming with ancient artifacts beneath the Baltic Sea. Archaeologists believe the relics were left by Swedish nomads 11,000 years ago. The discovery may be evidence of one of the oldest settlements ever found in the Nordic region.
While mentioned frequently in ancient tests, no physical evidence of Atlantis, a land lost beneath the waves of antiquity, has never been found.
Divers in Sweden have discovered a rare collection of Stone Age artifacts buried beneath the Baltic Sea, pictured. Archaeologists believe the relics were left by Swedish nomads 11,000 years ago and the discovery may be evidence of one of the oldest settlements ever found in the Nordic region, dubbed "Sweden's Atlantis."
Discovered by Professor Bjorn Nilsson from Soderton University and a team from Lunds University, the artifacts were found during an archaeological dive at Hano, off the Coast of Skane County in Sweden.
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Nilsson uncovered wood, flint tools, animal horns and ropes, buried 16 meters below the surface. A harpoon carving made from an animal bone, and the bones of an ancient animal called aurochs were just two of the amazing finds.
Atlantis is the name for the large island or continent said to have been swallowed up by the Atlantic Ocean centuries ago.
Ancestors of modern-day cattle, aurochs lived through Europe before becoming extinct in the early 1600s. The last reported auroch died in Poland in 1627.
The very significant find suggests a date for when these items would have been used. Many of the artifacts have been preserved because the diving location is rich in sediment called gyttja.
Black, gel-like Gyttja is formed when peat begins to decay. As the peat is buried, the amount of oxygen drops and it is thought this lack of oxygen prevented the organic artifacts from being lost.
The artefacts were discovered by Professor Bjorn Nilsson from Soderton University during an archaeological dive at Hano, off the coast of Skane County in Sweden, marked at A. The dive was part of a three-year excavation partially funded by the Swedish National Heritage Board.
"Around 11,000 years ago there was a build-up in the area - a lagoon of sorts - and all the tree and bone pieces are preserved in it," Nilsson says. "If the settlement was on dry land we would only have the stone-based things, nothing organic."
The dive was part of a three-year excavation partially funded by the Swedish National Heritage Board.
Tales of the mythical island of Atlantis first appeared in books by Greek philosopher Plato around 370BC - although the remains of the island have never been found.
Archaeologists are continuing the dig, and are now particularly interested to see whether there is also an ancient burial site in the region.
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