Recently, the hot weather in Britain and Ireland has uncovered the remains of historic buildings hidden from view for hundreds of years. Marks on the parched grass delineate where buildings once sat and a race to plot each scorch mark then ensued before rain once again caused the finds to be hidden from view.
Aerial investigators flew over Wales to record hitherto lost archaeology. Their findings would be permanently held at the National Monuments Record of Wales.
Bray Head Fire
In Ireland, a wildfire that burned through gorse bushes has exposed a WWII sign of neutrality. This was to ensure that German bombers could see that Ireland was a neutral country. In practice, British and allied planes were permitted access to the skies over Ireland.
The Garda Air Support Unit, supporting fire crews on the ground, spotted the sign when flying above Bray Head. The existence of the ‘Eire 8’ sign became evident once the smoke had cleared from the wildfire that had burned for three weeks.
The Bray Head sign had been hidden since the Second World War, whilst other Eire signs are still visible in other locations along parts of the Irish coast. The signs were made from stones and then whitewashed to aid visibility. It is now hoped that the sign will be restored.