Historic England’s Aerial Archaeology Mapping Explorer

Minshull Vernon Moat
Minshull Vernon Moat photographed by Dr R Philpott in 1990

Historic England have launched a new web site, the Aerial Archaeology Mapping Explorer, which makes the results of over 30 years’ of aerial photograph mapping projects undertaken by Historic England and its predecessor organisations since the late 1980s, as well as many partner organisations, freely available online.

Hundreds of thousands of aerial photographs, ranging in date from the 1920s to the present, have been studied and the archaeological features visible recorded. More recently, innovative technologies such as lidar (airborne laser scanning), have been added to the resources used. Each mapped archaeological site includes a link to any associated record on the National Record of the Historic Environment and local Historic Environment Records published on the Heritage Gateway.

The new website is available at: https://historicengland.org.uk/research/results/aerial-archaeology-mapping-explorer/