Lost Roman roads could be found as Environment Agency laser scans whole of England from air

by Luke Higgins

Lost Roman roads and hidden archaeological remains are likely to be uncovered in a new project to map the entire English landscape using state-of-the-art lasers.

Under plans unveiled by the Environment Agency today, specialist aircraft equipped with laser scanners will be touring the country, recording all 50,000 square miles of land in more detail than ever before.

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All the data gathered will be made available for free for the public and industry including archaeologists, urban planners and even game developers.

Environment Agency chief executive Sir James Bevan said: “I’m pleased we are able to gather, use and share such valuable data to contribute to environmental improvements and conservation.

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