Medieval pathways found in UK county

Archaeologists have found ancient tracks trodden by medieval man in Southern England.

Updated: Aug 28, 2010, 10:13 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Archaeologists have found ancient tracks trodden by medieval man in
Southern England.

The path, found in Purbeck (Dorset, UK), was probably in use between the 13th and 18th centuries, a report published in a website said.

It covers almost a mile long area that includes 15 main tracks with smaller sections branching off, some up to three metres deep and extensively worn.

A retired former director of Poole council’s museums archaeological unit, Keith Jarvis, and Alan Hawkins of East Dorset Antiquarian Society have discovered the trackways using GoogleEarth, Dorset County Council photos and GPS.

“It is amazing to be standing in ancient lanes where the horses of medieval kings and pheasants once trod their way to Corfe Castle,” the website reported Keith as saying.

“It is another piece in the puzzle about human uses of the heath – which has continued there for thousands of years. We will look at ways to use this information to help with our site management and interpretation in the future.”