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Archaeological Sites Dating Back Thousands of Years Found Around Britain, Thanks to the Heat

The archaeologists are mapping the sites to determine the significance of the remains beneath and how best to protect them.

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A view shows parched grass from the lack of rain in Greenwich Park, backdropped by the Royal Museums Greenwich and the skyscrapers of the Canary Wharf business district, during what has been the driest summer for many years in London. VOA

Britain’s hottest summer in decades has revealed cropmarks across the country showing the archaeological sites of Iron Age settlements, Roman farms and even Neolithic monuments dating back thousands of years, archaeologists said Wednesday.

Cropmarks — patterns of shading in crops and grass seen most clearly from the air — form faster in hot weather as the fields dry out, making this summer’s heat wave ideal for discovering such sites.

Archaeologists at the public body Historic England have been making the most of the hot weather to look for patterns revealing the ancient sites buried below, from Yorkshire in the north down to Cornwall in the southwest.

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Neolithic remains (representational image). Wikimedia

“We’ve discovered hundreds of new sites this year spanning about 6,000 years of England’s history,” said Damian Grady, aerial reconnaissance manager at Historic England.

“Each new site is interesting in itself, but the fact we’re finding so many sites over such a large area is filling in a lot of gaps in knowledge about how people lived and farmed and managed the landscape in the past,” he said.

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The archaeologists are mapping the sites to determine the significance of the remains beneath and how best to protect them. While some may be significant enough to merit national protection from development, local authorities or farmers may be left to decide what to do at other sites.

“We’ll hopefully get the help of farmers to help protect some of these undesignated sites,” Grady said. (VOA)

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Hyderabad Acknowledged as The Most ‘Vegan-Friendly City’ for Year 2019

The World Vegan Month (November) is underway and the announcement coincides with that

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The Hyderabad city's top vegan eateries include The Terrassen Cafe -- Poets and Oats, a 100 per cent vegan restaurant, cafe and bakery that dishes up everything from pizza and burgers to smoothies and sandwiches, and Smart Alec Alternative Deli, a vegan eatery that offers fresh fare and a play area for companion animals. Pixabay

Hyderabad, the Biryani capital of India, has been declared the winner of the “Most Vegan-Friendly City” award for 2019 by the India chapter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

The World Vegan Month (November) is underway and the announcement coincides with that.

Hyderabad took the title for its top-notch vegan restaurants, dessert offerings and vegan community.

A certificate and letter of congratulation have been delivered to Mayor Bonthu Rammohan for providing an environment in which vegan-friendly establishments can thrive, making the world a better place for humans, other animals, and the planet.

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Hyderabad took the title for its top-notch vegan restaurants, dessert offerings and vegan community. Pixabay

“The city’s top vegan eateries include The Terrassen Cafe — Poets and Oats, a 100 per cent vegan restaurant, cafe and bakery that dishes up everything from pizza and burgers to smoothies and sandwiches, and Smart Alec Alternative Deli, a vegan eatery that offers fresh fare and a play area for companion animals,” PETA India wrote in a blog post on Thursday.

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Other restaurants include the Cookie Queen or The Lush Glaze, dairy-free ice cream delivery service Frozera, and Plantarium, the city’s first all-vegan store, which stocks an array of vegan treats, cosmetics and protein mixes. (IANS)