Archaeological websites revealed by UK’s parched panorama (News)

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A newly found Iron Age farmstead is amongst a variety of archaeological websites revealed in aerial images of parched landscapes in Wales.

The blistering warmth has led to each new and long-vanished archaeological websites showing in fields of ripening crops and sun-ravaged grassland, the Royal Fee on the Historical and Historic Monuments of Wales stated.

The fee’s senior aerial investigator stated he had not seen such situations since starting the job greater than 20 years in the past.

A newly-discovered Iron Age farmstead in coastal Ceredigion. Pic: RCAHMW
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A newly found Iron Age farmstead in coastal Ceredigion. Pic: RCAHMW
Cropmarks of a large Bronze Age barrow cemetery on the Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd. Pic: RCAHMW
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Cropmarks of a big Bronze Age barrow cemetery on the Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd. Pic: RCAHMW

Components of North Wales are “exceptionally dry”, the fee stated, resulting in the publicity of cropmarks displaying Bronze Age barrows and prehistoric settlements throughout the Llyn Peninsula.

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A newly found early medieval cemetery of sq. barrows noticed in south Gwynedd was “very uncommon” in Wales, it added.

Extensive cropmarks of prehistoric enclosures in parched grassland on the Llyn Peninsula. Pic: RCAHMW
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In depth cropmarks of prehistoric enclosures in parched grassland on the Llyn Peninsula. Pic: RCAHMW
Parchmarks of Roman buildings showing at Caerhun Roman fort in the Conwy Valley. Pic: RCAHMW
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Parchmarks of Roman buildings at Caerhun Roman fort within the Conwy Valley. Pic: RCAHMW

Due to “extreme drought” at a identified prehistoric settlement within the Vale of Glamorgan, new cropmarks of a Roman villa have been noticed.

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“We all know of Roman villas constructed inside prehistoric settlements elsewhere at Whitton Lodge and Trelissey however this can be a new instance,” the fee stated.

An Iron Age farmstead near Whitland in Carmarthenshire. Pic: RCAHMW
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An Iron Age farmstead close to Whitland in Carmarthenshire. Pic: RCAHMW
Faint but unmistakable cropmarks of newly-discovered early medieval square barrows, south Gwynedd. Pic: RCAHMW
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Faint however unmistakable cropmarks of newly found early medieval sq. barrows in south Gwynedd. Pic: RCAHMW

“I’ve not seen situations like this since I took over the archaeological flying on the royal fee in 1997,” stated senior aerial investigator, Dr Toby Driver.

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“It’s unbelievable. The pressing work within the air now will result in months of analysis within the workplace within the winter months to map and file all of the websites which have been seen, and reveal their true significance.”

In Lancashire, in the meantime, an “wonderful ghost backyard” has been revealed at Gawthorpe Corridor, the county council stated in a tweet.

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