Vale of York National Mapping Programme project
Iron Age and Roman field systems
The landscape within the Vale has actively been used and farmed throughout prehistory to the present day. Extensive ditched field systems and settlements, dating to the late Iron Age and Roman periods, were revealed as cropmarks. These were recorded along with some rare earthwork survivals of enclosures on Allerthorpe and Skipwith Commons, the latter of which can be seen in the image below. It is the fact that the site mirrors cropmark enclosures nearby that suggests it may be a rare survival from the Iron Age or Roman periods.
Roman military sites and road network
The results of the project mapping and analysis enabled a review of the evidence for Roman military forts and camps and the infrastructure of roads and roadside settlements that converge on the important Roman town of York. Evidence for the position of the road on both sides of the River Derwent helps to locate the probable Roman bridging point.
Post-medieval rabbit farming
An unusual and relatively rare cruciform earthwork structure was discovered on low-lying ground at Wheldrake Ings. Its function is uncertain, but the favoured interpretation is a pillow mound, associated with rabbit farming in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Key findings from the project can be found in the Vale of York National Mapping Programme report:
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