The catastrophic final flooding of Doggerland by the Storegga Slide tsunami

  • Bernhard Weninger Universität zu Köln, Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, Radiocarbon Laboratory, Köln
  • Rick Schulting School of Archaeology, University of Oxford, Oxford
  • Marcel Bradtmöller Neanderthal Museum, Mettmann
  • Lee Clare Universität zu Köln, Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, Radiocarbon Laboratory, Köln
  • Mark Collard Laboratory of Human Evolutionary Studies, Dpt. of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, CDN
  • Kevan Edinborough Laboratory of Human Evolutionary Studies, Dpt. of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, CDN<
  • Johanna Hilpert Universität zu Köln, Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, Radiocarbon Laboratory, Köln
  • Olaf Jöris Römisch Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz
  • Marcel Niekus Groningen Institute of Archaeology, Groningen
  • Eelco J. Rohling School of Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
  • Bernd Wagner Universität zu Köln, Institut für Geologie und Mineralogie, Köln
Keywords: Mesolithic, Doggerland, Storegga Slide tsunami

Abstract

Around 8200 calBP, large parts of the now submerged North Sea continental shelf (‘Doggerland’) were catastrophically flooded by the Storegga Slide tsunami, one of the largest tsunamis known for the Holocene, which was generated on the Norwegian coastal margin by a submarine landslide. In the present paper, we derive a precise calendric date for the Storegga Slide tsunami, use this date for reconstruction of contemporary coastlines in the North Sea in relation to rapidly rising sea-levels, and discuss the potential effects of the tsunami on the contemporaneous Mesolithic population. One main result of this study is an unexpectedly high tsunami impact assigned to the western regions of Jutland.

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Published
2008-12-31
How to Cite
Weninger, B., Schulting, R., Bradtmöller, M., Clare, L., Collard, M., Edinborough, K., Hilpert, J., Jöris, O., Niekus, M., Rohling, E. J., & Wagner, B. (2008). The catastrophic final flooding of Doggerland by the Storegga Slide tsunami. Documenta Praehistorica, 35, 1-24. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.35.1
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