The Lost Land

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

It was a song my grandmother used to sing to me when I was a child.  She said her grandmother had sung it to her and had told her that her grandmother had said she had lived in that mythical birthplace of our people.

The auroch had been thinning.  The land was changing.  I was old.  I wanted to see the ancestral homeland far to the east, the one in the songs that I knew so well.

My journey had only started when I was on a cliff.  I could see the shadow of the homeland across a new sea.

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The British Isles used to be part of the continent. The most famous part is Doggerland, which remained an Island until around 5000 BC. There is an idea that a tsunami doomed the island. This may have been the same tsunami of around 6000 BC that cut the connection between England and France, making England an island. In the story, the MC’s great-great grandmother crossed from France on dry land, but the MC now discovers that they are separated from the mainland.

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word count = 100

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32 thoughts on “The Lost Land

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. It is a bit of prehistory most of us don’t think about. When we do think about, back in the day most humans would have lived close to the coast and the ancient coastline is long gone, so quite a bit of the records of the late neolithic are missing.

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      1. msjadeli

        You’re welcome. I’m watching a show on netflix that is looking for lost civilizations around the time of the last ice age that’s fascinating. According to the host, the entrenched archeology community won’t acknowledge any findings that mean they will have to shift their beliefs. :::smh:::

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Those shifts of beliefs do happen – think of the dates for the first Americans. It seems like every few years there is a new find that pushes that date farther back in time. I am sure the show is fascinating. These days I watch more on Youtube than anyplace, but often history shows will move from TV to Youtube in only a couple of years.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m not sure if it would have changed within human memory, but it is possible, particularly since they say a tsunami most likely hastened the end. My guess is that even if you could never point to a person who had been across, stories would have persisted for hundreds of years.

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