Dry Summer Weather Reveals Lost ‘Cropmarks’


Photo from English Heritage

Summers with dry weather seems uncommon in England, but this summer the dry agricultural fields revealed new marks depicting buried features from the past. BBC News reports:

Hundreds of ancient sites have been discovered by aerial surveys, thanks to a dry start to the summer, English Heritage has said.

The surveys show marks made when crops growing over buried features develop at a different rate from those nearby.

The newly-discovered Roman and prehistoric settlements include a site near Bradford Abbas, Dorset.

The Roman camp was revealed in June after three sides became visible in sun-parched fields of barley.

The lightly-built defensive enclosure would have provided basic protection for Roman soldiers while on manoeuvres in the first century AD and is one of only four discovered in the south west of England, English Heritage said.

Continues at BBC

3 Comments on "Dry Summer Weather Reveals Lost ‘Cropmarks’"

  1. @Amanda: Great link! This is awesome…new archeological and anthropological discoveries made possible by aerial tech…I hope more use of this is made around the world.

    • Butter Knife | Aug 30, 2010 at 5:20 pm |

      Credit where credit is due: this might have something to do with global climate change. Good to see there might be a positive side to potential global warming. Silver linings and all that.

  2. Lucypinder312010 | Aug 31, 2010 at 6:57 am |

    I usually do not leave comments, but I thought this was a great post!


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