Hot and dry weather reveals Roman temple in Great Chesterford
- Credit: Helen Saunders ©Essex county Council
A hidden Roman temple has been discovered in Great Chesterford - it has shown up in aerial photographs because of the prolonged spell of hot and dry weather over the summer.
Aerial archaeology has been carried out in Essex since the 1970s identifying new sites each year however, a further 20 new archaeological sites have been recorded in the county for the first time this year.
The historic environment team at Place Services uses aerial photography of crop marks to uncover buried archaeological features and the dry summer created the perfect conditions as the marks became more visible. As a result, new details have been revealed about a Roman temple at Great Chesterford.
The lines of roads, a possible temple, numerous pits and property boundaries within the ancient Roman town of Great Chesterford were also shown up.
A group of three large round barrows were revealed near Little Chesterford.
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Aerial archaeology in Essex is currently funded by Historic England and delivered by Place Services, an arm of Essex County Council.
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