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tlr online
16-02-04, 08:49
New remarkable pictures show the bottom of the North Sea as it was about 10,000 years ago. Scientists used virtual reality technology to generate images of the now submerged landscape as it would have looked when it was home to the first Britons.

During the project, the team from Birmingham University even discovered a river the size of the Thames where early Britons would have settled. Head of the university's institute of Archaeology, Dr Vincent Gaffney, hailed the work as a breakthrough.

He said: 'This really is a major step forward. No one has ever seen this before. It really is a first. Trawlers have been finding flints and other evidence of early migration but this is the first time we have seen the landscape people were living on. There was nobody living on the British Isles then. The North Sea landscape was where the only routes into the area that became the British Isles were.'

He added that they had identified features including a huge river, named Shotton after one of the university's former archaeologists, marshland, streams and hills.

Dr Gaffney explained: 'From the information we have produced, we can work out the movement of early man and the migration routes used 10,000 years ago when the glaciers from the last ice age started to melt.'

In order to produce the images, his team mapped an area over 14,000 square miles using seismic surveys and core samples. They then handed the data to the university's human interface technology team which turned it into three-dimensional pictures.

Computer expert Dr Bob Stone explained they had used the same kind of software that brought computer game heroine Lara Croft to life for Tomb Raider. He added:'This is the first time we have used a tool such as virtual reality to visualise an otherwise inaccessible landscape. 'Now, from a technological point of view, we can do archaeology under the water. It's a tool that can work handin-hand with conventional archaeology. We based the topography ofthe virtual landscape on actual seismic data and the computer- generated flora on pollen and plant traces extracted from geological samples retrieved from the sea bed. The software has been developed by the games industry who have made interactive 3D so much more accessible.'

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Steven B
16-02-04, 09:08
Wow!!!! :D Cool! :cool:

Thanks Tlr! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif

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lara bahun
16-02-04, 09:31
;) That's really cool.Thank you tlr!! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

SpArKy
16-02-04, 09:42
MMMMMmmm, Interesting!

Draco
16-02-04, 09:44
Wonder if they found anything...strange...

chocco
16-02-04, 13:52
Interesting.....thanks. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

monstrum
16-02-04, 18:23
cool

-DEBUG
16-02-04, 18:31
Sounds cool :D http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif

Dorothy
18-02-04, 12:11
It is suspected that even cities existed on the coasts in different parts of the world that drowned when our interglacial started.
They definitely found on in an air-survey off the western coast of India.

At school I learned that the area ofthe Baltic Sea was pressed down by the weight of the glacier on it, the North Sea area buged up.

Since the melting of the glacier it went the other way and the North-Sea coast is still going down.

The whole coast was drowned around the year 1000 and graves under the sand off the coast are known.

ras1310
18-02-04, 13:51
So real archaeologists are using the same software as the makers of Tomb Raider. Truth really is stranger than fiction ;)

As a follow-up to Adventurer's post, to anyone looking for information I recommend Graham Hanc*ck's "Underworld". It has the whole theory and the beginning of the search off of India. Absolutely fascinating reading.

RAS

[ 18. February 2004, 13:54: Message edited by: ras1310 ]

MizzXCroft
18-02-04, 21:16
Very interesting indeed. Thanks for sharing it with us!