Archaeologists uncover 2,700 historic features along Hadrians Wall in England

November 26th, 2008 - 3:34 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 26 (ANI): A team of archaeologists has uncovered 2,700 previously unrecorded historic features along the length of Hadrians Wall in England, by studying thousands of aerial pictures.

Hadrians Wall, in northern England, is a World Heritage Site, built during the rule of the Roman Empire.

According to a report by BBC News, the experts from The English Heritage found ancient burial mounds, medieval sheep farms and 19th Century lead mines, among other findings.

For their research, the team was working from more than 30,500 pictures taken during the past 60 years as part of a push to map and interpret archaeological sites across England.

The English Heritage project to map the Roman frontier began in 2002 and covered a wide area on either side of the 73-mile (117km) length of the wall, from the Solway Plain in Cumbria to Newcastle in the east.

Features catalogued include an Iron Age hillfort near the village of Fourstones, Northumberland, the deserted medieval village of East Matfen, Tyne and Wear, and a World War II anti-aircraft gun battery near Cleadon, Tyneside.

According to David MacLeod, of English Heritages Aerial Survey and Investigation team, We need to remember that Hadrians Wall is not an isolated monument set within a landscape devoid of any other history.

This region saw a tremendous amount of activity before the Romans arrived and after they left, traces and memories of which remain today, he added.

It will help us to understand and manage the rich heritage of human activity that has shaped this landscape, whether it is the remains of a Bronze Age farm or a 20th Century gun battery, he further added. (ANI)

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