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British broadcaster and anthropologist, Mary-Ann Ochota reveals some of the most common archaeological clues and historic symbols you’ll spot on a map. From church spires to tumulus, this guide will take your though old ordnance survey map symbols.
National Map Reading Week: Think you know your way around an OS Map? Test yourself with eight challenging questions in our new quiz to find out if you’re a map reading legend or clueless with a compass.
If you’ve been using OS Maps’ ‘standard’ mapping recently, you may have noticed we’ve added some places marked as ‘Danger Area’. These areas are used by the military for training.
Want to explore new places? Every adventure starts with a map and some basic map reading skills. Here are our top tips for better map reading so you can start planning your next day out.
We've created a tough map reading quiz to test your skills. See if you can get 100% without looking at a map legend!
We've created this challenging place names quiz to see how easily you can be tricked with made up places.
Looking for something to challenge yourself? These puzzles, taken from the two OS Puzzle books, will test your map reading skills!
Find the original meanings of British place names that use Welsh source words with this extensive list of terms, along with pronunciation.
Find the original meanings of British place names that use Scandinavian source words with this extensive list of terms, along with pronunciation.
If you have ever wondered how many of the places in Scotland got their names, this extensive list of terms, along with pronunciation, is here to help.
Find the original meanings of British place names that use Scots source words with this extensive list of terms, along with pronunciation.