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Ancient remains found in fields in East Yorkshire earmarked for new solar farm

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:50 am
by Newsman
A geophysical survey was carried out in April and May on 59 hectares of land at Skerne, near Driffield, where developers Harmony Energy have submitted plans for 99,000 solar panels.

The survey found a number of "anomalies" including what may be the remains of burial mounds, dating from the Iron Age to Romano-British period.

Square barrows - which are unique to the region - were built as earthen mounds surrounded by a ditch and covering one or more bodies.

Often levelled by ploughing, the grave contents may survive beneath the surface of the ground.

Over 1,000 have been excavated in eastern Yorkshire including at Garton/Wetwang Slack, and most recently Pocklington, and they are often positioned along routeways and close to watercourses.

A curving band of anomalies running through the centre of the site could be a possible "ladder settlement", a distinctive form of late Iron Age/Romano-British settlement based on a linear trackway.

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