Archaeologists using optical radar found in 2016 Roman roads, built in the 1st century CE. They have been wanted in Lancashire for 45 years.
With the help of a tool provided by the British Environment Agency, which is used to monitor floods and coasts on a daily basis, it was possible to find an ancient trail stretching from Ribchester to Lancaster – over 16 km long. David Ratledge had a large share in the discovery.
Four other Roman roads were found by Hugh Toller and Bryn Gethin, who managed to find e.g. the missing part of Maiden Way, a 32 km Roman road connecting Bravoniacum (now Kirkby Thore) with Magnae (Carvoran) in northern Britain. The discoveries prove that the region was very well connected and important for the Roman administration.