Mesolithic catastrophe: the impact of the Storegga Slide tsunami on the Mesolithic population of Britain
Around 6,175 cal BC Britain was irrevocably impacted upon by what is probably the largest marine megaslaide tsunami so far recovered on the planet. This event, combined with the climatic cold period or ‘neoglacial’ within which it occurred known as the ‘8.2 kyr event’, had significant effects on both the landscape, seascape as well as the human population of much of Britain. This paper will explore these events and their impact on the Mesolithic population with specific reference to several sites, including Howick and Low Hauxley, as case studies.
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