Orkney International Science Festival: Europe’s Lost World

We gave a talk up at the Orkney International Science Festival on the topic of Europe’s Lost World, and how we can combine both geological surveys, landscape mapping, archaeo-environmental sampling, and complex systems science for reconstructing and understanding inundated landscapes. Videos below!

The Programme: http://oisf.org/events/category/_friday/past/

Beneath the sediments of the North Sea bed lie the remains of a land where trees grew and animals flourished 15,000 years ago, when sea levels were much lower due to the mass of water locked up in the weight of ice across a frozen Europe. Dr Richard Bates of the University of St Andrews and Dr Martin Bates of the University of Wales describe the work of reconstructing the past environment, and Prof. Vince Gaffney of Birmingham University reports on the latest studies of the lost world of Doggerland.


The Stone Age hunters and fishers who populated Mesolithic Europe 10,000 years ago have left little trace. Those who roamed Doggerland are particularly elusive. Dr Eugene Ch’ng of Birmingham University shows how an understanding of complex systems can help to build a model of past populations, and Caroline Wickham-Jones of Aberdeen University and Dr Sue Dawson of Dundee University describe the ongoing search around Orkney for clues to the people of the drowned lands.

Dr Richard Bate’s Presentation

Dr. Sue Dawson’s Presentation

My presentation on Complex Systems Science (beginning 21:00)


Our Exhibition:

Our Trip to Skara Brae:

My first “experience” of Skara Brae was when I first played the game Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar as a boy in 1984, there is a mystical town called Skara Brae where the Codex of Editable Wisdom can be found :). I had to visit the real Skara Brae at least once in my life!