Maritime archaeologist Gary Momber says: “This is the only site of its kind in Britain and is extremely important to our understanding of our Stone Age ancestors from the lesser-known Mesolithic period. It reveals a time before the English Channel existed when Europe and Britain were linked. The people who lived on this site could have walked over to Calais without too much trouble.”

Crossing the Channel on foot? Read the BBC‘s story:

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A race against time is under way to try to save a Stone Age settlement found buried at the bottom of the sea in the Solent.

Wooden remains of the settlement found on the seabed (copyright Simon Brown)

Eight thousand years ago the area would have been dry land, a valley and woodland criss-crossed by rivers.
A swamped prehistoric forest was identified off the northern Isle of Wight coast in the 1980s, but Bouldnor Cliff’s buried Stone Age village was only found – by chance – a few years ago.
Maritime archaeologists from the Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology have carried out a number of underwater excavations at the 8,000-year-old site.
For the first time they are bringing up sections of the Mesolithic village from the seabed and going through the sediments.
But they have to work fast, as the site is literally being washed away by tidal currents, which eat away at the submerged cliff at a rate of 12in (30cm) a year.

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