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Secrets beneath the forest floor
SECRETS of the New Forest that have lain hidden for hundreds of years are being unearthed thanks to laser technology.
With the help of a technique known as Lidar – a laser beamed from a plane – a detailed 3D map of the terrain underneath the forest canopy has been created.
Roman pottery kilns, medieval field systems, Bronze Age burial mounds and Iron Age hill forts are just some of the 2,500 new discoveries.
These are being added to the list of 1,000 known archaeological sites.
But before an official record can be made, each find has to be verified by a team of archaeologists and volunteers from the New Forest National Park Authority (NPA).
Lawrence Shaw, heritage mapping and data officer for the NPA, said: “These resources will allow the public to explore the national park in a way they could never have done previously.”
An NPA spokesman said: “Because the pulses can filter between the leaves and branches of trees we’re able to strip away the vegetation and look at the ground and the archaeology beneath the tree canopy – often with spectacular results.”
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