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Medieval pathways are tracked down on Purbeck heath

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Medieval pathways are tracked down on Purbeck heath

Post by Rowan » Thu August 26th, 2010, 1:10 pm

How they've managed to tell one sunken "roadway" from a natural sunken non-road way area is beyond me, but I'll go with it since they are the experts and I'm not. :p
AN EXCITING discovery of an enormous system of ancient tracks trodden by medieval man has been made on a Purbeck heath.

Trackways probably in use between the 13th and 18th centuries have come to light on the RSPB’s Stoborough Heath and they cover an area almost a mile long.

Created over decades by carts, sledges or stage coaches crossing sloping country in wet weather, the churned mud is eventually washed away, creating a sunken lane, also known as a holloway.

These ancient pathways, which survived near the Blue Pool at Furzebrook because the heathland was not ploughed, have been unearthed by modern technology.
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