Exploring from Above

There is little doubt that Google Earth is one of the most powerful research tools available to both amateur and professional archaeologists, and it is freely available. Obviously there is nothing like getting out into the landscape for real and seeing it at ground level, but it does allow you to explore the wider landscape.

If you already have Google Earth installed on your computer you can find out how it will work by clicking here. This will automatically open up Google Earth and take you to the edge of Ilkley Moor where you will see an area that has been highlighted. This covers the line of an ‘incline’ track that was used to transport building stone down from Hangingstone Quarry. If you then look in the Places section of the sidebar you will see a tick box for Temporary Places. You can use this to turn the shaded area on and off to make it much easier to see the feature underneath it. After that you can copy and paste these numbers 53.916001,-1.80463  into the Fly to search box. By pressing the magnifying symbol you will then be taken to the position of the bullet riddled rock surface featured in the page about WW2 Training Areas

Enjoy exploring!