Brit an­cient sites un­veiled by heat

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS -

BRI­TAIN’S hottest sum­mer in decades has re­vealed crop marks across the coun­try show­ing the sites of Iron Age set­tle­ments, Ro­man farms and even Ne­olithic mon­u­ments dat­ing back thou­sands of years, ar­chae­ol­o­gists said on Wed­nes­day.

Crop marks – pat­terns of shad­ing in crops and grass seen from the air – form faster in hot weather as the fields dry out.

Ar­chae­ol­o­gists at the pub­lic body His­toric Eng­land have been look­ing for pat­terns re­veal­ing the an­cient sites, from York­shire to Cornwall.

“We’ve dis­cov­ered hun­dreds of new sites this year span­ning about 6 000 years of Eng­land’s his­tory,” said Damian Grady, aerial re­con­nais­sance man­ager at His­toric Eng­land. – Reuters

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