A NEWLY released aerial mapping archive has uncovered archaeological secrets hidden within the region's landscapes.

For the first time, Historic England has made the results of over 30-years of aerial photograph mapping projects freely available online.

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Like a huge archaeological jigsaw puzzle, the map pieces together archaeological landscapes recorded during analysis of over 500,000 aerial photographs.

More than half of England is covered by the map.

The Northern Echo:

The partially excavated remains of Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall Picture: Historic England Archive/Dave MacLeod

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England said: “This new aerial archaeology mapping tool lets people fly virtually over England and drink in its many layers of history.

"It will allow everyone to explore the hidden heritage of their local places and what makes them special.

"We hope it will give people a springboard to further investigation, whether for research purposes or simply to satisfy curiosity about what archaeological features they may have noticed around their local area”.

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The Yorkshire Dales National Park was one of the first areas of England to be extensively mapped, with features drawn by hand on transparent film.

This led to discoveries of prehistoric earthworks and digging for lead in the post-medieval period when the Dales were extensively mined.

Traces of the shafts and spoil heaps can be seen littering the uplands.

The mapping tool can be accessed here.

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