Photographs serve as ‘an historical Google Earth’
A keen historian, Joseph was convinced that aerial photography would be useful in discovering and analysing archaeological sites, so he instructed RAF pilots to take photographs during routine flights around the country.
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Professor Martin Millett says that the collection “lets you travel back in time to a Britain that no longer exists.” The Cambridge archaeologist adds that “anyone can go to Google Earth and look at modern satellite imagery – but this is an historical Google Earth.”
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