For the past three years a Heritage Lottery Funded project supported by the South Downs National Park Authority has been revisiting aspects of the archaeology and history of the wooded downland between east Hampshire and the Arun valley. This new research has been based on aerial lidar scanning of the woodland to reveal an ancient landscape never before seen in such detail.
Amongst the new findings, from Neolithic causewayed enclosures to Second World War tank training grounds, the National Mapping Programme revealed the previously speculated Roman road that ran east from Noviomagus (Chichester) along the coastal plain to Kent. This Roman road crossed the northern part of Binsted and Tortington woods just south of the present road.
Further details can be found on Historic England’s web site (Research Report Series No.14-2016).