Dry Weather Reveals More of Scotland’s Story

The recent warm weather across Scotland has dried out the land so much in some areas that ancient marks made on the landscape are being revealed.

Historic Environment’s Aerial Survey Team have been recording where these are becoming visible.

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This includes  Iron Age souterrains in the Borders – a rare find in this part of Scotland.

A Roman temporary camp was discovered within the known Roman complex of sites at Lyne near Peebles and adds to the complexity of the site  which already includes two forts and two additional temporary camps.

Also being revealed are marks on the landscape from farming practices in the Iron Age.

Dave Cowley, Aerial Survey Project Manager with HES said:

“We depend on dry years to bring out the buried remains in the crops, so we are currently out hunting for new clues from the skies while the good weather lasts.

“The conditions this year are showing us many sites that we knew were there, but may not have seen in recent damp summers, as well as revealing new archaeological sites that add to our ability to see into the past to tell Scotland’s story.”

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