Swedish divers unearth a ‘Stone Age Atlantis’: 11,000-year-old ancient settlement discovered under the Baltic Sea
- Divers found a harpoon, tools, horns and the bones of ancient cattle
- The bones belonged to the animal auroch last seen in the early 1600s
- Archaeologists believe these relics date back to the Stone Age
- It is said to be the oldest settlement in the area – dubbed Sweden’s ‘Atlantis’
Divers in Sweden have discovered a rare collection of Stone Age artefacts buried beneath the Baltic Sea, pictured. Archaeologists believe the relics were left by Swedish nomads 11,000 years ago and the discovery may be evidence of one of the oldest settlements ever found in the Nordic region, dubbed ‘Sweden’s Atlantis’
Map of the New World by Sebastian Muller, 1540, showing the name Atlantis Island
The artefacts were discovered by Professor Bjorn Nilsson from Soderton University during an archaeological dive at Hano, off the coast of Skane County in Sweden, marked at A. The dive was part of a three-year excavation partially funded by the Swedish National Heritage Board
Atlantis is the name for the large island or continent said to have been swallowed up by the Atlantic Ocean centuries ago. An artist’s illustration is pictured. Tales of the mythical island first appeared in books by Greek philosopher Plato around 370BC – although the remains of the island have never been found
This would add weight to the claims it was once a settlement location that has since been lost at sea.
If the region was a settlement, it would have similarities with Atlantis – the mythical island first referred to by Greek philosopher Plato.
Atlantis was said to have been a large island, or even a continent, in the Atlantic Ocean that sank and vanished almost overnight.
However, this underwater civilisation has never been found, and many claim Plato either made it up, or the location was not in the Atlantic Ocean.
Other claims suggest the island may have been near modern-day Santorini, off the coast of Greece.
Nilsson is quick to dismiss the claims the settlement is ‘Sweden’s Atlantis’, however, stressing that the Swedes at the time would have been nomadic.
This means that the settlement may have only been temporary, and that a village never permanently existed on the site – unlike the mythical Atlantis.