Dry weather reveals secrets of ancient sites in North Yorkshire

York Press: Dave MacLeod, English Heritage’s senior investigator, prepares for a survey flight from the airfield at Sherburn-in-Elmet Dave MacLeod, English Heritage’s senior investigator, prepares for a survey flight from the airfield at Sherburn-in-Elmet

SIGNS of ancient civilisations in North Yorkshire have been uncovered in amazing detail thanks to the dry early summer weather.

Hundreds of cropmark sites from Neolithic long barrows to Second World War military remains have been recorded from the air by English Heritage.

The sites photographed included one at Newton Kyme, near Tadcaster. Dating back nearly 2,000 years the rectangular Roman fort is known to have an earth and timber bastion, but aerial survey this summer revealed a stronger defence built in 290 AD covering seven hectares, with stone walls up to three metres thick and a ditch 15 metres wide.

Dave MacLeod, English Heritage’s senior investigator, based in York, said: “It’s hard to remember a better year. Cropmarks are always at their best in dry weather, but the last few summers have been a disappointment. This year we have taken full advantage of the conditions. We try to concentrate on areas that in an average year don’t produce much archaeology.

“Sorties to the Yorkshire Wolds and Vale of York, have all been very rewarding.”

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9:28am Mon 30 Aug 10

Woody Mellor says...

Well done The Press for those fascinating ariel photographs of the crop markings that you have provided. Yep thanks. Sheesh.
Well done The Press for those fascinating ariel photographs of the crop markings that you have provided. Yep thanks. Sheesh. Woody Mellor

11:26am Mon 30 Aug 10

muckychimney says...

Hmmmm yeah a plane and a bloke ! cheers NOT
Hmmmm yeah a plane and a bloke ! cheers NOT muckychimney

11:31am Mon 30 Aug 10

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Woody Mellor wrote:
Well done The Press for those fascinating ariel photographs of the crop markings that you have provided. Yep thanks. Sheesh.
©2010 English Heritage
[quote][p][bold]Woody Mellor[/bold] wrote: Well done The Press for those fascinating ariel photographs of the crop markings that you have provided. Yep thanks. Sheesh.[/p][/quote]©2010 English Heritage Garrowby Turnoff

2:17pm Mon 30 Aug 10

Woody Mellor says...

Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
Woody Mellor wrote:
Well done The Press for those fascinating ariel photographs of the crop markings that you have provided. Yep thanks. Sheesh.
©2010 English Heritage
There are photo's of the cropmarks on the BBC website and I'm positive English Heritage approached The Press with this story. I'd be very surprised if EH denied The Press the use of their photo's.
[quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody Mellor[/bold] wrote: Well done The Press for those fascinating ariel photographs of the crop markings that you have provided. Yep thanks. Sheesh.[/p][/quote]©2010 English Heritage[/p][/quote]There are photo's of the cropmarks on the BBC website and I'm positive English Heritage approached The Press with this story. I'd be very surprised if EH denied The Press the use of their photo's. Woody Mellor

3:45pm Mon 30 Aug 10

sheps lad says...

Spend a few pennies on the paper version of The Press and you will find your pictures.
Spend a few pennies on the paper version of The Press and you will find your pictures. sheps lad

4:54pm Mon 30 Aug 10

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Woody Mellor wrote:
Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
Woody Mellor wrote: Well done The Press for those fascinating ariel photographs of the crop markings that you have provided. Yep thanks. Sheesh.
©2010 English Heritage
There are photo's of the cropmarks on the BBC website and I'm positive English Heritage approached The Press with this story. I'd be very surprised if EH denied The Press the use of their photo's.
Aklthough reprinted in the Press, internet publication is a different intellectual copyright agreement. Illegal reproduction from an image on t'web is easy. Press 'PrtScr' key and paste into your image software if you want proof.
[quote][p][bold]Woody Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody Mellor[/bold] wrote: Well done The Press for those fascinating ariel photographs of the crop markings that you have provided. Yep thanks. Sheesh.[/p][/quote]©2010 English Heritage[/p][/quote]There are photo's of the cropmarks on the BBC website and I'm positive English Heritage approached The Press with this story. I'd be very surprised if EH denied The Press the use of their photo's.[/p][/quote]Aklthough reprinted in the Press, internet publication is a different intellectual copyright agreement. Illegal reproduction from an image on t'web is easy. Press 'PrtScr' key and paste into your image software if you want proof. Garrowby Turnoff

8:11pm Mon 30 Aug 10

Woody Mellor says...

Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
Woody Mellor wrote:
Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
Woody Mellor wrote: Well done The Press for those fascinating ariel photographs of the crop markings that you have provided. Yep thanks. Sheesh.
©2010 English Heritage
There are photo's of the cropmarks on the BBC website and I'm positive English Heritage approached The Press with this story. I'd be very surprised if EH denied The Press the use of their photo's.
Aklthough reprinted in the Press, internet publication is a different intellectual copyright agreement. Illegal reproduction from an image on t'web is easy. Press 'PrtScr' key and paste into your image software if you want proof.
Ahhh It's not that I didn't believe you. I didn't know. I gotta tell you though that I've just saved the image off the BBC website to my pc. ??????? Honest!
[quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody Mellor[/bold] wrote: Well done The Press for those fascinating ariel photographs of the crop markings that you have provided. Yep thanks. Sheesh.[/p][/quote]©2010 English Heritage[/p][/quote]There are photo's of the cropmarks on the BBC website and I'm positive English Heritage approached The Press with this story. I'd be very surprised if EH denied The Press the use of their photo's.[/p][/quote]Aklthough reprinted in the Press, internet publication is a different intellectual copyright agreement. Illegal reproduction from an image on t'web is easy. Press 'PrtScr' key and paste into your image software if you want proof.[/p][/quote]Ahhh It's not that I didn't believe you. I didn't know. I gotta tell you though that I've just saved the image off the BBC website to my pc. ??????? Honest! Woody Mellor

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