For the Brit bloggers – The world’s first detailed prehistoric maps of Britain

I first saw this published at The Archeology News Network as The World’s First Prehistoric Maps of Britain and the ancient archeology geek in me kicked in. Basically the author Robert John Langdon has put together a map and books of what the Isle of Britain would have looked like after the last great ice age melt off in Mesolithic and Neolithic times (which really was not that long ago), showing just how many waterways there were and how they are in relationship with megalithic sites listed in old maps before many of the were destroyed by development and farming. The ancients did not walk around, they boated around, and many of these extinct waterways lead right up to sites like Stonehenge thus making the transport of the stones much easier. Here is a quote from the YT video:

“These maps are based on the recently published book by Robert John Langdon titled ‘The Stonehenge Enigma’ which proves that Britain suffered massive ‘Post Glacial Flooding’ directly after the last Ice Age ten thousand years ago, and that mankind placed their ancient sites on the shorelines of these raised waterways.

The maps are presented on the old ordnance survey first edition that shows the natural ancient environment to a higher degree of detail than subsequent editions. The newly added waterways are colour coded to show how the land would have looked in both the Mesolithic Period (10,000BCE to 4,500BCE) and the Neolithic Period (4,500BCE to 2,500BCE).

The three 1:50 000 maps and six 1:25 000 maps are constructed using a combination of British Geological superficial maps, infrared and photographic satellite images that cover a total of 800 sq. kilometres (500 sq. miles) and incorporates over one thousand ancient monuments, including Round Barrows, Long Barrows, Earthworks and occupation Sites, including for the first-time features that were destroyed by modern farming and Victorian treasure hunters over the last 200 years

A transcript of the Video and additional pictures and information can be found on my blog site:

The video is a bit dry but I think those of you especially in the UK will find it fascinating, especially if you can pick out places from the old maps. Enjoy!

4 thoughts on “For the Brit bloggers – The world’s first detailed prehistoric maps of Britain

  1. It is fascinating how landscapes change over time and it is always interesting to see archaeology interpreted with this in view. I remember in archaeology classes learning about the effects of the glaciers retreating after each ice age – not only lots of melt water, but the land which had buckled under the weight of the ice, bounced back into shape – must have been an interesting time to live!

    • That guys blog i have linked has some interesting stuff on it too, even about how 14000 years ago during the ice age the Isle was connected to the continent and some interesting theories on that.

      • I have heard of that, I think it was called doggerland. There are supposed to be lots of lost archaeological sites down under the sea – it would be fascinating to see what is down there.

        • Yea that’s the name of the land bridge back then. His article is way down in his posts with his theories on what it meant in ancient myth regarding “Atlantis”. There are supposedly lots of archeological sites from coastal towns to caves along the coasts when the ocean water was lower and locked up in the ice caps. The latest theories of humans coming to the American continent is by boat down the coast instead of walking on the land bridge, but their evidence is now under water.

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