In Neolithic Europe, young Oane and the women of her tribe are captured by a ruthless clan, for whom she is forced to surrender her knowledge of poisons to extend their power, all the while plotting her escape.
This is a brief video of Mike Meier reading from The Final Days of Doggerland and performing one of the songs from the book.
A note from the Author: I sincerely appreciate the comments I have seen in reference to my book and Doggerland in general. Just to clarify: In the book, I have (1) tried hard to avoid giving an exact date for the events. It simply doesn’t matter, it is the story that counts, not the exact time. But I think it mostly reflects the Neolithic. See https://www.britannica.com/event/Neolithic: “Neolithic, also called New Stone Age, final stage of cultural evolution or technological development among prehistoric humans. It was characterized by stone tools shaped by polishing or grinding, dependence on domesticated plants or animals, settlement in permanent villages, and the appearance of such crafts as pottery and weaving. (2) Yes, there are some indications of the approximate time period (see at the beginning “a time before the Egyptian pyramids, a time before Stonehenge….” and at the end is a reference to Dogger Bank still appearing as an island). Still, the exact time doesn’t matter. I did include a time reference in the Graphic Novel/Manga draft (there are some sample pages on the website), but the book has no such reference. Likewise, (3) I have avoided endorsing any of the theories why and how fast Doggerland sank (there are different theories, such as Global Warming, the Storegga Slide tsunami, and melting ice that may have caused sea levels to rise and land to tilt in an isostatic adjustment). While all of these different theories are fascinating in and of themselves, it does not matter for the story. All that matters for the story is that the waters have risen. (4) Finally, I saw a comment that suggests that the time period of this story would have been the Mesolithic. That is in part subject to one’s definition of “Mesolithic.” See https://www.britannica.com/event/Mesolithic: “…Because the Mesolithic is characterized by a suite of material culture, its timing varies depending upon location. In northwestern Europe, for instance, the Mesolithic began about 8000 BCE … and lasted until about 2700 BCE. Elsewhere the dates of the Mesolithic are somewhat different.” See also Wikipedia on “Neolithic”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neolithic. “The Neolithic period is the final division of the Stone Age … It is seen about 12,000 years ago when the first developments of farming appeared in the Epipalaeolithic Near East, and later in other parts of the world. The Neolithic lasted (in that part of the world) until the transitional period of the Chalcolithic from about 6,500 years ago (4500 BC) …in Northern Europe, the Neolithic lasted until about 1700 BC.” Based on the few vague references to the exact time I give in the book, and the characteristics of the time period (“dependence on domesticated plants or animals, settlement in permanent villages, and the appearance of such crafts as pottery and weaving”) I believe the story takes place in the Neolithic. So my apologies to Carole T. who posted a comment in this regard on a Doggerland-related page. Some other references may have caused her to think it is Mesolithic. I will make sure to avoid such references in the future. – Mike M. - To purchase the book on Amazon, click here.
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